Summer arrived on the weekend with Taree recording a high of 37 degrees Celsius on Sunday, December 2.
Bureau of Meteorology summer outlook
Weatherwise, a southerly change is on its way Tuesday, bringing with it the possibility of a shower of rain.
Monday will be mostly fine with a top of 28 degrees Celsius, while Tuesday’s forecast maximum is 27 degrees.
There is also showers forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, with cooler daytime temperatures of 23 and 24 degrees.
North east winds will return on Friday for a fine weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s summer (December 2018 to February 2019) climate outlook, issued on November 29, indicates large parts of Western Australia, Queensland and the Top End of the NT are likely to be drier than average. The rest of the country shows no strong push towards a wetter or drier than average season.
The bureau said warmer than average days and nights are likely for almost all of Australia for December to February.
“Development towards El Niño in the tropical Pacific Ocean continues, with outlooks suggesting El Niño conditions are likely through the summer months. However, El Niño typically has a weaker influence on rainfall in southeastern Australia during summer than it does in winter and spring.
“The current positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has been a significant contributor to dry conditions in southeast Australia. However, models expect the positive IOD to follow its normal seasonal cycle, and decay by early summer.”