2018 hottest summer on record
2018 was the country’s warmest summer on record, with drier than average conditions dominating the eastern seaboard of the country according to recent data released by the Bureau of Meteorology.
The data comes after the Bureau released it’s 2019 Autumn Outlook, which predicts continued warmer than average conditions throughout the start of the 2019 year.
The Bureau's manager of long-range forecasting Dr Andrew Watkins admitted the outlook wasn't the news many would be wanting to hear.
"It won't come as a surprise to many that this summer will be our warmest on record, but apart from parts of northern Queensland, many locations fell short of their summer rainfall averages too," Dr Watkins said.
"Unfortunately, the outlook isn't giving a strong indication that we'll see above average rainfall in many areas over the autumn period. The only exception is for parts of inland Western Australia.”
The outlook also shows a strong chance of warmer than average conditions continuing throughout the first quarter for 2019.
"Autumn is obviously a critical time of year for the agriculture sector in parts of the country. It's important to remember that despite what the outlook is suggesting, individual heavy rainfall events are always possible, and people should stay up to date with the latest seven-day forecast and warnings for their area,” Dr Watkins said.
The full outlook can be found here