Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Weather bureau summer concern

Monday February 4, 2013 - 11:17 EDT

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning Tasmania's usual February and March fire weather period could be dangerous, despite forecast lower temperatures.

The bureau's outlook for the next three months is for average rainfall and cooler than average temperatures.

Last month's bushfire conditions were caused by a combination of extreme heat, dry lightning storms and a cold front that created strong winds.

Climatologist Lorien Martin says there could still be more hot and dry patches this month.

"Our seasonal climate outlook is for the next three months and we're talking about average conditions so what we expect temperatures to be on average over those whole three months.

"For February given it's the last month of summer and it's usually our warmest month I would expect that we'll see some hot, dry periods through the rest of summer," she said.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Wild night in the west

16:47 EST

Perth's run of warm and dry weather will come to an abrupt end tonight when one of Western Australia's strongest cold front so far this year reaches the state's west coast.

Severe weather warning issued as destructive cold front approaches southern WA

16:25 EST

The southern half of Western Australia is set to be hit by a strong cold front later today, bringing dangerous wind gusts of up to 125 kilometres per hour along with heavy rainfall.

Sydney's dry spell continues

14:12 EST

Sydney just had one of its driest June to May periods on record.