The bureau expects about half of the country to seriously heat up over the next three months, and possibly exceed temperatures we’re used to seeing from October to December.
According to bureau data, the lower half of the country — including southern Western Australia, Adelaide, Tasmania, Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland — has a 60 per cent chance of exceeding the median maximum temperatures in October to December.
But the good news for the northern parts of the country is that this year’s tropical cyclone outlook expects fewer cyclones thanks to a strong El Nino weather pattern.
“The long-term average number of tropical cyclones in Australia during the November to April cyclone season is eleven,” the bureau’s climate prediction manager Dr Andrew Watkins said.
“This year we expect fewer tropical cyclones than normal because of the effects of the strong El Nino in the tropical Pacific Ocean.
“The El Nino is expected to continue into 2016, and typically delays the date of the first cyclone to cross the Australian coast.”
But despite the good news, northern Australians are still being urged to start their cyclone preparation.
“While El Nino is typically associated with fewer cyclones and a later start to the season, there has never been a cyclone season without at least one tropical cyclone crossing the Australia coast.”