Sydney and Melbourne sizzling through a steamy spring with more rain and higher temperatures forecast – and horrific bushfires could start weeks EARLY
- Sydney and Melbourne residents can expect test temperatures in the spring
- Brisbane, Perth and Darwin will also see mercury hovering above 25 degrees
- Sydney and Brisbane will receive more rain than Melbourne from September 1
- Experts also predict bushfire season could start earlier than usual
Sydney and Melbourne will swelter through a steamy start to September – before heavy rains follow during their Covid lockdowns, forecasters predict.
Spring is expected to bring above-average rainfall for the eastern states, as well as cooler days and warmer nights, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
In Western Australia, cold nights will be the norm from next Wednesday, with spring days also warming up for those who call the Northern Territory and Tasmania home.
“As we head into spring, temperatures will rise in much of Australia,” the BOM told the Daily Mail Australia.
The onset of spring should bring steamy weather in Sydney and Melbourne, according to the Bureau of Meterology (pictured, a woman roller skating in Bondi)
Residents of capital cities such as Melbourne and Sydney will then see large amounts of rain fall in the spring (pictured, a shaggy woman in Melbourne’s trendy suburb of St Kilda)
OUTLOOK FOR SPRING IN YOUR STATE
NSW: Warmer than average and more rain than usual, especially in early September. Days cooler but nights warmer and sticky. Greater risk of forest fires in the north
Victoria: Warmer and more rain than usual, but less rain than NSW and Queensland
Queensland: Continued warmer temperatures and wetter, especially in early September. Days cooler but nights warmer and sticky. Higher fire risk in the southeast
Western Australia: Cold nights will be the norm, but days will be warmer than average, but about the same amount of rain as usual
South Australia: Overall higher chance of more rain, but no significant temperature change
Northern Territory: Warmer days and warmer temperatures in general with an early start to the wet season
Tasmania: Warmer spring days
Expect to see consistently warmer temperatures in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
‘In Brisbane and Sydney there will be slightly more rain in early September than in Melbourne.’
Office climatologist Dr. Andrew Watkins said general predictions for a wetter and warmer spring come after a particularly rainy winter.
“Nationally, we have seen the wettest winter since 2016,” he said.
“Australia’s average winter temperature is also expected to be one of the ten warmest on record, especially in the tropical north.”
dr. Watkins said the main reason behind the Agency’s forecast for a wetter-than-average early spring was a climate phenomenon known as the Indian Ocean dipole.
“We currently have a negative IOD…which typically carries an increased chance of rain for southern and eastern Australia,” he said.
“This negative IOD is expected to last all spring, but is currently weaker than the last negative IOD event we saw in 2016, which recorded Australia’s wettest May to October.”
The bushfire season in Australia could also start earlier than usual, according to weather experts.
Northern NSW, southeastern Queensland and parts of WA’s north are set for above-normal fire activity this spring, despite wet weather continuing across much of the country.
Office climatologist Dr. Andrew Watkins said general predictions for a wetter and warmer spring are coming after a particularly rainy winter at some stages (pictured, a woman on Sydney’s Bondi Beach during lockdown)
Weather experts have revealed some parts of Australia will see a wet start to spring, following winter’s patterns (pictured is a woman with an umbrella in eastern Sydney)
The bushfire outlook released Thursday shows normal bushfire potential for most of Australia, with a few exceptions.
Grass and crop growth in southeastern Queensland and northern NSW increases the potential for above-normal fire conditions.
The same risk classification is in effect for fragments of northern WA due to grass growth and dry soil.
The outlook was jointly developed by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities, the Bureau of Meteorology and the local fire service.
“Like last year, we can expect a grass-fire-dominated start to the fire season,” said Jason Heffernan, Chief Officer of Victoria’s Country Fire Authority.