Weather Bureau predicts warm winter ahead | Ralph Lauren

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WA may have had a reasonably wet autumn but it seems we are in for a warmer than average winter.

The Weather Bureau’s winter climate outlook, released today, shows night-time temperatures will be warmer than average for the majority of the nation.

Coastal areas in particular are likely to have days that are warmer than average.

Yet it was only on Monday that WA’s most famous peak — Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Ranges — had its first snowfall in eight months after the State shivered though one of its coldest of the year.

Although winter is the dry season in northern Australia, it could have more rain than usual over the coming months, while parts of southern Australia could be drier than average.

VideoCREDIT: @PETERPADTHAI A pair of thrill-seekers have braved the cold and captured snow falling on Bluff Knoll.

Bureau climatologist Lynette Bettio said it was consistent with observations from the past 20 years, which showed a trend towards drier than average conditions in Australia’s south in autumn and early winter.

“Our climate drivers are currently neutral, meaning we’re not getting El Nino or La Nina bringing particularly dry nor particularly wet conditions to the continent,” Dr Bettio said.

“Warmer ocean temperatures to the north of Australia may increase the moisture available, enhancing rainfall and resulting in a wetter than average dry season across much of northern Australia but as it is dry season, rainfall totals will not be high.”

A warm winter could mean more family time on the beach.
Camera IconA warm winter could mean more family time on the beach. Credit: Lisa Bergin/Supplied by Subject

Autumn has been wetter than average for certain parts of the country, including for coastal WA, most of New South Wales and southern Queensland.

“New South Wales had its second wettest March on record, with the extreme rainfall and severe flooding late in the month,” Dr Bettio said.

“Meanwhile, some areas of Victoria and South Australia have missed out on their usual autumn rainfall.”

It was the coolest autumn for most of Australia since 2015.

“Cool conditions would have been felt particularly keenly by residents in inland New South Wales, who recorded minimum temperatures one to two degrees below average,” Dr Bettio said.

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