A combination of three climatic influences on Australia’s weather is raising concerns that this bushfire season could be one of the worst yet.
With the steadily rising temperatures, parts of Australia have gone from having some of the wettest months on record to tinderbox conditions in just weeks.
Several bushfires have erupted across New South Wales, with many not yet under control.
Although bushfire season can start at any time from October, the number of fires this early has raised eyebrows.
“The reason for all of that heat is a really warm air mass over us at the moment and north westerly winds bringing heat from central parts of Australia,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Rebecca Kamitakahara said.
“These dry gusty north westerlies through the mid-north coast and Hunter have been helping to fan the fires,”
The broad forecast for the coming season is less rain, hotter temperatures and high winds – A triple whammy of weather just perfect for a long and difficult bushfire season.