Bureau of Meteorology reveals more flood risk for eastern Australia, higher bushfire potential and warmer days and nights

Bureau of Meteorology reveals more flood risk for eastern Australia, higher bushfire potential and warmer days and nights
Bureau of Meteorology reveals more flood risk for eastern Australia, higher bushfire potential and warmer days and nights

Australia’s east coast is set to take another hit with above-average rainfall forecasts and an increased risk of flooding this summer.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) on Thursday detailed its long-term climate and water forecast for the months of December through February.

Most of the eastern parts of the country, including Victoria and eastern Tasmania, will experience above average rainfall, particularly in early summer.

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The warning will ring alarm bells in flood-prone communities that have had to endure a series of devastating and deadly floods in recent years.

Suburbs in Melbourne and west-central New South Wales are still cleaning up from October and November deluges that inundated homes.

The wet weather outlook is fueled by the La Nina effect in the tropical Pacific Ocean, but the good news is that it will subside in early 2023.

“The climate patterns driving recent rainfall could start to change over the summer,” said BoM lead meteorologist Dr Andrew Watkins.

“The Indian Ocean negative dipole has weakened in recent weeks.

“It usually ends in early December when the Asian monsoon moves into the southern hemisphere.”

Wetter than average months ahead mean that already full dams and soggy soils will struggle to absorb further rainfall and lead to more flooding.

Elsewhere there will be warmer than usual days and nights, especially in the tropical north, west and Tasmania.

But it will be cooler than normal for parts of southeastern Australia.

The office also flagged the bushfire outlook for the summer, with the Australian Fire Service saying there is “above normal fire potential” for inland and central areas.

“Wet weather in the spring contributed to vegetation growth that could dry out in late summer, providing fuel for grass fires,” Watkins also warned.

Northerners have also been urged to prepare early as there is a 73% chance of above average tropical cyclones.

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