Australia Headed For A 'Double Whammy' Of A Hot And Dry Spring
Australia is headed into a 'double whammy' of weather events that'll put the nation on track for an unusually hot and dry spring and summer.
It might be good news for the beach lovers, but it could spell disaster for the country's already drought-affected farmers, as well as increase the risk of bushfires.
New data out from the Bureau of Meteorology shows that we've got a developing situation out of Australia's two main climate drivers -- the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean -- that'll be leading us in to a summer of searing temps.
"There's an 80 percent chance that most of Australia will see above average temperatures," said Network Ten's weather guru Josh Holt.
"As we get into October and beyond we're certainly going to see a warm and hot late spring, and possibly early summer."
Colder waters south of Indonesia and a possible El Niño emerging in the Pacific Ocean are developing into a "double whammy effect", bringing below average rainfall and above average temperatures.
Unfortunately, said Holt, it means that drought-stricken farmers are likely to experiencing further hardship due to lack of rainfall.
"This will exacerbate the situation, and sadly, I believe the situation will worsen before it gets better," he said.
The sliver of good news is that due to a lack of living grassland in drought-affected areas, there's less chance those same areas will be subject to bushfire.
That's more likely to be seen along forested areas along the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range, with the Rural Fire Service urging residents to be prepared.
Firefighters in NSW haven't had a break since the Tathra bushfires in March this year, which saw 68 homes -- almost half of the town's homes -- destroyed and a town devastated.
More recently, the rural fire service had their work cut out for them when dozens of bushfires burnt across the state -- outside of bushfire season.
"It's already been a significantly busy period," NSW Rural Fire Service spokesperson James Morris told ten daily.
"Firefighters have been working around the clock attending a number of fires, and haven't had as much time for your typical winter property preparedness with local residents."
He said the main consideration is for people to plan for the worst.
"They need a bushfire survival plan, to know what to do if a fire threatens, and discuss it with their kids," they said.
Particularly with the summer holidays coming up, it's vital children know what to do in case their parents are at work when a bushfire happens, he said.
"If the parents are at work, what are they going to do if they can't get back home?"
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