LOOK, two months out is probably a little too early to say if it’s going to be pool weather precisely on Christmas Day. But a festive period of high temperatures and little, if no, rain is looking likely.
Weather boffins have said the El Nino climate driver is now even more certain to make an arrival.
And for drought stricken farmers, El Nino is no Santa, in fact it brings nothing but bad tidings. But coastal communities in northern Australia will have to more to cheer about with fewer tropical cyclones on the cards.
The Bureau of Meteorology released its three monthly climate outlook on Thursday which looks back at recent conditions and ahead to the likely weather trends up to January 2019, including over the Christmas period.
Senior climatologist Felicity Gamble said September had been the driest on record and while the heavens have opened during October, in some areas it simply hasn’t been enough.
“Some locations have had two to three times October’s rainfall in a week, but others haven’t seen any significant falls. Overall, the cropping season is looking like one of the 10 driest on record,” Ms Gamble said.
“Temperatures in October have been warmer than average and Tasmania is on track to have one of the warmest Octobers on record.”