MORE rain to eastern Australia, and short, sharp and windy heatwaves pose a potent mix this summer, according to the Bureau of Meteorology's 'Severe Weather Outlook'.
The long term forecast to April next year shows an increased risk of flooding throughout Victoria, fewer extreme heat days, and more humidity.
While it paints a picture that long-running bushfires are unlikely, the greater expected rainfall will provide more fuel for fast-moving blazes across the summer months.
The current La Nina is likely to bring more rain to eastern and northern Australia, with some drought-affected areas already seeing rainfall deficiencies ease and water storage levels increase.
SEE THE LONG TERM FORECAST HERE
The Bureau's General Manager of Decision Support Services, Sandy Whight, said the lower fire risk across much of Australia was no reason for complacency.
"Southern Australia is one of the most bushfire prone places in the world in any summer and it's important to remember that, right across Australia, even short periods of hot and windy weather will raise the fire risk, so communities need to have their bushfire plans ready," she said.
"La Nina also brings more rain and increased humidity, which can mean fewer extreme heat days.
"But while heatwaves may not be as severe, the bureau's advice is that in southern areas they may last longer and be more humid - both of which can increase the risk to human health.
"Be sure to monitor the Bureau's heatwave service, which provides information about the location and severity of heatwaves."
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