Outlook hot as La Nina holds sway

Wednesday, 4th January, 2012

THE HEAT IS ON: Carpenters Luke Ellis and Eddy Swan do their best to survive the heat this week at the RFDS housing construction site. THE HEAT IS ON: Carpenters Luke Ellis and Eddy Swan do their best to survive the heat this week at the RFDS housing construction site.

 By Paula Doran

 We’re in for sweet relief from the heat this week, according to weather forecasters.

With the gauge topping 40 plus in Broken Hill yesterday, the temperature is expected to be a much more courteous 35 degrees today.

Broken Hill can even expect showers and an almost chilly 27 degrees next Monday.

Into the first three months of the year though, continued La Nina activity is bringing hotter weather again through the first quarter of the year, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).

The Bureau says there’s a 60 per cent chance that the average January to March maximum temperature will exceed the long-term median maximum temperature in South Australia, southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania .

A persistently warm Indian Ocean and cool conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean associated with the La Nina is driving this outlook.