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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

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