29 September, 2023
Hot dry summer prediction sparks Get Ready reminder
WITH the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) declaring El Nino and positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) events were underway earlier this month, warmer and drier conditions are likely this spring and summer in parts of Australia.
Somerset Deputy Mayor Helen Brieschke said it was concerning that the concurrent weather events were likely to increase the chance of below average rainfall and higher temperatures.
“We know that El Nino can increase the risk of heatwaves and hotter days. The IOD reduces the chance of rainfall and often results in warmer weather. The combination of the two could have very dangerous bushfire impacts on parts of regional Australia, and we need to be well prepared,” Cr Brieschke said.
“Recently we had a 35-degree day here in Somerset, and we are still two months away from the start of summer. I encourage all residents to be prepared by doing whatever they can ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.”
As well as preparing their families and properties, residents who are able could consider volunteering for their local SES or rural fire brigade.
Contact your local rural fire brigade or the SES Local Controller on 5424 4000 during business hours, or visit the QFES website.