Get ready for a hot, hot summer Australia.
Most of Australia is likely to see a hotter than normal summer period, according to the Bureau of Meterorology's 2018-19 Summer Outlook released today.
The Bureau's Dr Andrew Watkins said there's an 80 per cent chance of the weather being hotter than usual over the next three months.
"Summer in Australia typically brings hot temperatures for many communities and the outlook indicates this summer will be no different," Dr Watkins said.
"We've already seen extremely hot temperatures through parts of north and central Queensland in recent days and this should act as an important reminder of the kinds of conditions we can get during an Australian summer.
"In terms of rainfall, the outlook shows a drier than average three months is likely for large parts of Western Australia, Queensland and the Top End of the Northern Territory. For the rest of the country there is no strong push indicating wetter or drier than average conditions.
"Having said that, locally heavy rainfall events similar to what we have seen in New South Wales in the last two days are always a possibility during summer, no matter what the outlook is showing."
The chance of an El Niño forming in 2018 is 70 per cent, roughly triple the normal risk. An El Niño typically brings drier and warmer conditions to eastern Australia but the rainfall effects tend to be less pronounced in the south during summer months.