Bureau of Meteorology of Australia: La Niña continues over the Pacific Basin

Bureau of Meteorology of Australia: La Niña continues over the Pacific Basin

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23 December 2011
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La Niña remains in place across the tropical Pacific, though the majority of climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggest the La Niña may be near its peak. While the event is likely to persist through the remainder of summer, a gradual decline in the strength of the La Niña is expected over the coming months.

La Niña periods are usually, but not always, associated with above normal rainfall during the second half of the year and summer across large parts of Australia, particularly the eastern and northern regions. Daytime temperatures are typically cooler than average and tropical cyclone risk for northern Australia increases during the cyclone season (November to April), with February and March the peak.

For detailed rainfall and temperature outlooks, please see: www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead.

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