Melbourne, It's Gonna Be a Long, Hot.... AUTUMN?

Heatwaves forecast

Melbourne, It's Gonna Be a Long, Hot.... AUTUMN?

Summer might have been temperamental but March will be hot and dry – according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Melbourne can expect warmer days and nights and less rain than usual, the Bureau of Meteorology's climate outlook says, despite a cooler February. 

"Generally February was a bit cooler than usual – not a big deviation from the usual though," Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Keris Arndt​ said.

"We did not see any 40 degree days in February, you often see one or two. We did not see one all summer. The hot weather stayed a bit further north."

February's average max temp was 25.6 degrees, with an average low of 14.8 degrees.

 But Autumn could bring heatwaves, Robyn Duell​, the bureau's senior climatologist, said in the forecaster's autumn climate outlook.

 "In recent weeks the central and eastern tropical Pacific ocean has warmed. And climate models suggest this warming is likely to continue.

"Rainfall is likely to be below average for much of Australia.

Temperatures are expected to be warmer than average, and heatwave and bushfire risks are raised in many areas."

Source:The Age