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Bureau issues Climate Outlook for April to June 2015

26 March 2015 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology today issued its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for April to June 2015, which suggests wetter than normal conditions for most of Australia during this period.

The outlook for the next three months indicates:

  • Likely to be wetter than normal over most of Australia, outside of the tropics and Tasmania.
  • Warmer than average days likely over the tropical north, parts of southeastern Australia, and the far southwest of Western Australia.
  • Major climate influence is warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean and surrounding much of the Australian coastline.

Updated each month, Climate Outlooks provide a key service for many Australian sectors that need to look at the months and season ahead for their planning, such as the resources, agriculture and rural sectors, as well as emergency services.

Climate Outlooks indicate likely temperature and rainfall trends...

Statement released on recent heat in northern and central Australia

24 March 2015 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Special Climate Statement confirming record-breaking temperatures associated with an exceptional hot spell during March 2015, which affected large parts of northern and central Australia.

The event included the highest temperature ever observed in Australia for the second half of March.

Other significant climate statistics from this period:

  • Hottest area-averaged March day on record for Northern Territory... read more...

Cyclone Nathan forecast to further intensify before crossing the coast

19 March 2015 - QLD

Severe Tropical Cyclone Nathan is forecast to cross the far north Queensland coast near Cape Flattery early Friday morning, as a Category 4 system.

As a Category 4 system, wind gusts of up to 260km/h can be expected near the centre of the cyclone.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for coastal and island communities between Port Douglas and Lockhart River, including Cape Tribulation, Cooktown Cape Flattery and Cape Melville.... read more...

Severe Tropical Cyclone Olwyn continues south, close to the coast

13 March 2015 - WA

The Bureau of Meteorology is closely monitoring Severe Tropical Cyclone Olwyn, which is continuing to move along the coast in the Coral Bay area as a Category 3 system.

The latest forecast suggests Olwyn will begin to slowly weaken today (Friday), as it moves down the coast.

Very destructive winds with gusts exceeding 165km/h are likely near Cape Cuvier and surrounding areas and may extend to Carnarvon, as the cyclone moves southwards along... read more...