Dry, warmer times ahead

SPRING is here and the weather in the Gladstone region is looking good, although it may be a bit drier - and maybe warmer - than last year.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting the El Nino trend is continuing with a good chance of drier and warmer conditions in the region from September to November.

"The chances of receiving above normal rainfall are between 35 and 40% over northern Queensland. In other words, the chances of below normal rainfall range from 60 to 65%," the Bureau said.

And for maximum temperatures BOM said: "For every 10 years with ocean patterns like the ones currently observed, about six to eight September to November periods would be expected to be warmer than average in these areas, with about two to four being cooler."

The El Nino and La Nina patterns, linked to sea surface temperatures across the Pacific Ocean, are what drives our rainfall and temperatures here in Queensland.

"Climate indicators remain close to El Niño thresholds," the Bureau said.

"Climate models continue to show further warming across the tropical Pacific Ocean is likely."

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