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ENSO Outlook decreases to El Nino WATCH; positive Indian Ocean Dipole possible

21/05/2019 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology's ENSO Outlook dial has been moved to "El Niño WATCH", meaning the chance of an El Niño forming in 2019 has been reduced to around 50 per cent, roughly twice the normal likelihood. The dial had previously been sitting at "El Niño ALERT", indicating the chances of an El Niño forming were closer to 70 per cent.

At present, sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific remain close to El Niño levels but... read more...

AUDIO NEWS RELEASE: A warm & dry week ahead for Victoria

20/05/2019 - VIC

Senior Forecaster, Rod Dickson, from the Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne, discusses the week ahead, including:

- Melbourne, and most of Victoria, is forecast to see maximum temperatures of 20 degrees or higher for the remainder of this week.

- That would mean a run of 8 consecutive days of 20 °C or above in Melbourne, which has only been recorded five times before.

- The most recent such occurrence in Melbourne was in May 2014, when there were... read more...

Aurora activity may light up skies in southern Australia this week

15/05/2019 - National

Sky gazers may be in for a treat this week, with increased solar activity bringing the potential for dramatic light displays to occur in skies over southern parts of the country.

The heightened chance of aurora activity is expected to occur from Wednesday and into Thursday this week and will be best viewed from parts of Tasmania and southern areas of Victoria.

Bureau of Meteorology Space Weather expert Dr Zahra Bouya said the colourful light shows are... read more...