October heat doesnt mean summer sizzle
By Andy Parks
IT FEELS like it's going to be a long, hot summer. But even though temperatures are unusually high for October and bushfires are raging around us, it ain't necessarily so.
People have been flocking to the beach, mosquitoes are buzzing around barbeques, and sunsets have been dazzling in the western skies; despite summer still being two months away.
There is a 60% chance local temperatures will be above average this summer, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's seasonal outlook, which takes in the period from now to the end of December.
There's also a 50-60% chance we'll have above average rainfall, the bureau says.
Keen local weather observer and retired meteorologist Steve Symonds says summer 'doesn't look too bad'.
He warns conclusions can't be drawn from hot days now.
"A few hot days in October doesn't mean we are going to have a long, hot summer," he said.
"We had some of the coldest frosts in July, but then had a very short winter.
"With any luck summer will be wetter than average, so maybe we're in for a hot, wet summer."