Will this be the warmest winter on record?

Australians might be able to enjoy summer little longer this year as warmer temperatures are expected to continue over the next few months. 

Autumn temperatures usually range between 15 to 22C but this year temperatures are highly likely to be higher than average, forecasters said.  

Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje said: ‘The reasons for the above average temperatures are the complex interactions between weather systems.’  

‘This is interesting and unique because is it widespread, affecting nearly the entire country.’ 

Meteorologist Jacob Cronje said it is a possibility that the warmer weather will linger into the start of winter

Meteorologist Jacob Cronje said it is a possibility that the warmer weather will linger into the start of winter

‘Australia-wide we are going to go well above our average heat, especially northern and eastern Australia,’ Mr Cronje said. 

These drier than average months will especially effect parts of northern and eastern Queensland.   

Mr Cronje said: ‘Looks like the heat will linger into the start of winter because of the previous weather.’ 

According the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) the possibility of an El Nino event increases the changes of warmer weather. 

‘We have multiple drivers of the current temperature outlook, including the long term warming trend, very dry inland soils meaning a lack of evaporative cooling, higher than normal pressures, meaning slower moving weather systems, and less penetration of cold fronts from the south,’ a spokesperson at BOM said.   

The next three months are expected to be drier and hotter than previous autumn seasons

The next three months are expected to be drier and hotter than previous autumn seasons 

Currently, south-east Queensland has experienced the warmest March temperatures they have had in 50 years. 

Brisbane reached 36C on Monday while Gatton reached 40C, the hottest March temperature recorded since 1965.     

Meanwhile, previous summer in Australia was the warmest on record and was among the ten driest summers. 

Bureau climatologist Dr Lynette Bettio said: ‘The heat we saw this summer was unprecedented.

‘While the final numbers are yet to be analysed, we know it will be the warmest on record for Australia as a whole, and many individual locations will have broken summer heat records as well. 

Autumn temperatures this year are likely to be higher than average forecasters said on Friday

Autumn temperatures this year are likely to be higher than average forecasters said on Friday

The previous summer in Australia was the warmest on record and was among the ten driest summers

The previous summer in Australia was the warmest on record and was among the ten driest summers

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