Qld Seasonal Temperature Outlook: probabilities for November 2004 to January 2005, issued 19th October 2004

Above average temperatures favoured in Queensland

There is a moderate to strong shift in the odds towards above average maximum and minimum temperatures across most of Queensland for the late spring to mid-summer quarter (Nov-Jan), the Bureau of Meteorology announced today.

The current pattern of outlook probabilities is mainly due to recent above average temperatures in the Pacific Ocean.

For the November to January period in Queensland, the chances of above average maximum temperatures are mainly between 60 and 70%, peaking in the 70 to 75% range in some central and southeastern parts (see map). So in years with ocean patterns like the current, about six or seven November to January periods out of ten are expected to be warmer than average across the State, with about three or four out of ten being cooler.

Outlook confidence is related to the consistency of the influence of Pacific and Indian Ocean temperatures on seasonal temperatures. During November to January, history shows this influence on maximum temperatures to be moderately consistent across most of Queensland (see background information).

Overnight temperatures also have an increased chance of being above normal across much of the State for the late spring to mid-summer period. The chances of above average minimum temperatures are between 60 and 70% across Queensland, except over Cape York where they're a little lower. Also, the chances approach 75% in parts of the southern inland.

History shows the oceans' influence on minimum temperatures during November to January to be moderately consistent over Queensland.

probability of exceeding median maximum temperature - click on the image for a larger version of the map
probability of exceeding median minimum temperature - click on the image for a larger version of the map
 

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More information on this outlook is available from 9.00am to 5.00pm (EST) Monday to Friday by contacting the Climate and Consultancy section in the Bureau's Brisbane Office: (07) 3239 8669 or (07) 3239 8666.
 

THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE SEASONAL OUTLOOK IS EXPECTED BY 19th NOVEMBER 2004.

Corresponding rainfall outlook

Maximum temperature departures from average for July to September 2004 - base period 1961-1990

Minimum temperature departures from average for July to September 2004 - base period 1961-1990

 

Background Information