A cool change and much-needed rain have alleviated fire conditions on Queensland’s Fraser Island.
All warnings are now at the “Council” level after the Scorched Earth got soaked.
Queensland is now sending a large tanker plane that it borrowed from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) to help fight the blaze, which had been burning for more than six weeks.
Across the rest of the country today, a low near northwestern Western Australia is causing high winds, heavy rain and storms.
The valleys are causing rain and storms in other parts of WA, the Northern Territory and Queensland, and are directing intense heat to southwest WA.
While La Niña did not produce heavy rains in Australia during November, the tap is about to turn on in much of the country.
Strong winds behind a front are bringing rain to Tasmania.
Clean elsewhere under high pressure.
La Niña is a ‘weather driver’ that generally causes above-average rainfall over large areas of Australia. So with La Niña active in the Pacific Ocean since late September, it was a surprise to see such a marked lack of rain in November, Australia’s third driest in 30 years.
But this dry spell seems to be about to end. La Niña has gained traction in the Pacific Ocean in recent weeks and the influences that protected Australia from its shocks last month have weakened.
As a result, much of the country is on the verge of getting a decent soak that is most characteristic of La Niña events. The map below shows how much rain a computer model is predicting over the seven days, between now (Tuesday) and next Monday. .
Purple and blue shading over parts of WA, northern Australia, and eastern Australia indicates that more than 100mm is possible in some areas over the next week. Some places could even see a few hundred millimeters of rain, represented by the darkest blue shading.
Forecast models are struggling to agree on where and how much rain will fall over the next week. However, all models predict that rainfall will be more widespread and substantial over the next seven days than throughout November, across much of the country.
With the possibility of heavy rain and severe thunderstorms in several states and territories over the next week, be sure to check the latest forecasts and advisories for your region every day. This will be a dynamic week and things can change day by day.
Mostly sunny, temperate to warm in the east. Mostly sunny, hot in the northwest. Sunny, warm in the southwest.
Brisbane will be mostly sunny, with a low of 19 ° C and a high of 28 ° C.
New South Wales and the ACT
Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the east. Mostly sunny, temperate to warm in the southwest. Sunny, warm in the northwest.
Sydney will be sunny, with a minimum of 15 ° C and a maximum of 25 ° C.
Canberra will also be sunny, with a minimum of 6 ° C and a maximum of 25 ° C.
Late rain, cool to cold in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the southeast. Sunny, warm in the north.
Melbourne will be mostly sunny, with a low of 11 ° C and a high of 25 ° C.
There is a strong wind advisory for the east coast of Gippsland.
Isolated, cool showers in the south. Mostly sunny, cool to temperate in the north.
Hobart has showers on the trail, with a minimum of 12C and a maximum of 22C.
There is a strong wind advisory for the north central coast, the Banks Strait and the Franklin Strait, east of Flinders Island, the southeast coast and the southwest coast.
Mostly cloudy, temperate in the southeast. Sunny, warm in the center. Sunny, warm to hot in the west and north.
Adelaide will be sunny, with a low of 11C and a high of 27C.
Downpour, hot in the southwest. Late shower, warm in the south. Rains / storms, very hot in the northwest. Late rain, very hot in the northeast.
Perth has thunderstorms clearing, with a low of 19C and a high of 36C.
Mostly sunny, very warm in the north. Windy, very warm inside. Mostly cloudy, warm to very warm in the south.
– Reported with Weatherzone