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Summer From HELL About to Strike Australia

Australia is bracing for a horror summer this year after experts warned of a perfect storm of conditions causing a spate of bush fires and mass fish deaths.

The latest seasonal bushfire outlook has forecast above average fire potential across Australia – including the entirety of the New South Wales coastline.

The ominous warning by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre comes amid the driest start to the year nationally since 1970.

Australia is bracing for a horror summer this year after experts warned of a perfect storm of conditions causing a spate of bush fires and mass fish deaths (pictured fires in New South Wales' Hunter region in August 2018)

In the country’s southern half, the report reveals, the period from January to July has been the driest on record.

The Bureau of Meteorology, meanwhile, has said the current winter period will go down as one of the top ten warmest on record.

It comes as the BoM released their weather outlook for September to November – predicting nearly the whole of Australia would exceed average Spring temperatures.

The bush fire danger period in New South Wales has been brought forward this year to August 1, well before the traditional start date in October.

It comes as the BoM released their weather outlook for September to November - predicting nearly the whole of Australia would exceed average Spring temperatures

NSW agriculture minister Adam Marshall forecast on Wednesday, meanwhile,  ‘nothing short of a potential fish Armageddon’ in the state’s rivers.

Low rainfall, low river flows and high temperatures caused hundreds of thousands of fish to die last summer in the Murray-Darling basin, and Mr Marshall has predicted more of the same in 2019.

‘I’m not going to mince words — the situation we are facing this summer is nothing short of a potential fish Armageddon,’ he said.

NSW agriculture minister Adam Marshall forecast on Wednesday, meanwhile, 'nothing short of a potential fish Armageddon' in the state's rivers (pictured dead fish floating in the Darling River at Menindee in January)
'I'm not going to mince words — the situation we are facing this summer is nothing short of a potential fish Armageddon,' NSW agriculture minister Adam Marshall said
The latest seasonal bushfire outlook has forecast above average fire potential across Australia - including the entirety of the New South Wales coastline

‘We’re in the midst of the worst drought on record, with record low rainfall, record low inflows into our river systems and high temperatures predicted over the coming months.’

The agriculture department has now announced a $10million package to pump oxygen into New South Wales’ rivers – and move fish into a dedicated hatchery in the summer months.

‘We’re facing a perfect storm, which could result in wide-scale fish kill events this summer even more significant than those we saw in Menindee earlier this year.’

WEATHER FORECAST FOR CITY

 Sydney

Sunday: Min 9 Max 22

– Mostly sunny with light winds

Monday: Min 11 Max 22

 – Sunny with light winds

Melbourne

Sunday: Min 12 Max 19

– Light showers and cloudy

Monday: Min 8 Max 19

– Light showers and windy

Perth

Sunday: Min 11 Max 21

– Shower or two of 10 to 15mm of rain

Monday: Min 10 Max 20

– showers of 1 to 6mm of rain

Canberra

Sunday: Min 1 Max 19

 – Showers later in the day

Monday: Min 1 Max 19

–  Possible showers

 Adelaide

Sunday: Min 11 Max 17

– Partly cloudy with light rain

Monday: Min 8 Max 21

– Partly cloudy with possible showers

Darwin

Sunday: Min 19 Max 32

– Sunny with morning fog

Monday: Min 20 Max 32

– Sunny with light winds

Hobart

Sunday: Min 8 Max 17

–  Possible late shower

Monday: Min 7 Max 17

–  Possible shower

Brisbane 

Sunday: Min 12 Max 26

–  Mostly sunny with light winds

Monday: Min 12 Max 28

– Sunny with light winds

  Source: Australian Bureau Of Meteorology

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