Queenslanders may need to get their winter jumpers and blankets ready earlier, with the weather bureau forecasting a colder than average start to the season this year.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s climate outlook predicts most of Queensland will see overnight minimum temperatures from May to July drop below the average of 10C.
It is a different story for the rest of Australia, with the southern parts of the country likely to see warmer than average days and nights.
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The weather bureau also predicts many areas of Australia will experience a wetter than average winter.
“The May to July rainfall outlook shows the far southeast of Australia is likely to have a wetter than average three months,” the Bureau’s outlook said.
“Parts of northern Australia are also likely to be wetter than average, however, as May-July is the start of the northern Australian dry season, very little rainfall is needed to exceed the median.
“The rest of the country has roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier than average three months.
“The El Niño–Southern Oscillation in the tropical Pacific Ocean is neutral, and is expected to remain so for the coming season. The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is also neutral, with the possibility of a negative IOD event from June.
“With mostly neutral climate drivers, there is no strong push towards broadscale wetter or drier conditions across the country.”