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All of that wet weather doesn’t mean we can be complacent about bush fires, according to the Bureau of Meteorology [BOM]. In line with Tuesday’s La Nia statement, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Summer Outlook shows that eastern Australia is likely to be more humid than average, with an increased risk of tropical cyclones, heavy rains and widespread flooding. However, this does not mean that we can relax around bushfires. According to BOM, the risk of bushfires this summer may not be as high as it has been in recent years, but bushfires occur every summer in Australia, and even short periods of hot and windy weather add to the risk of fire. “This year we need to be extra careful with grass and crop fires, especially inland and in the southwest of the country, where we saw good growth in winter and spring,” said Dr. Andrew Watkins, Chief Operating Officer for the Bureau. He added that flood warnings are high. “Spring was more humid than normal and as a result the soil moisture is high, the water reservoirs are full and we have seen flooding in some areas. Any additional rain on our already wet landscape will increase the risk of flooding in Eastern Australia. Summer. “According to the BOM, summer days will likely be warmer than average in most parts of Australia, except in the southeast. Low temperatures will likely be above average in most of the country so we have some warmer nights ahead of us. “The risk of heat waves is roughly average this year and it is important to remember that heat waves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazard. Especially warm nights after hot days make heat stress a significant health risk,” said Dr. Watkins.


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