Australia BOM declares La Niña alert as the east braces for storms this week
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The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has announced a La Niña alert, signalling a 70 per cent chance that the rainfall-encouraging climate driver will form in the coming months.
The BOM has indicated the shift from La Niña watch to La Niña alert has come after the eastern Pacific Ocean continued to cool throughout September.
Six of the seven climate models the BOM monitor now indicate Australia will reach La Niña status by November.
La Niña conditions traditionally encourage wetter-than-average spring and summer conditions for northern and eastern Australia.
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Wetter-than-average conditions have long been tipped for the coming season.
The, released yesterday, warned of an above-average risk of flooding for eastern Australia and average to slightly above-average risk of tropical cyclones this season.
Wild weather coming for the south-east
Heavy rain has fallen over Central Australia and parts of Queensland this week thanks to a trough extending across the continent.
Hail was reported in Alice Springs, Birdsville recorded 23.4 millimetres in the 24 hours to 9:00am today, while 75mm fell at Mount Glorious and 35mm at Brisbane.
But attention is turning to the Bight, where a front and low pressure system are developing.
They are expected to bring wild weather including heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, snow and strong winds to much of the south-east of the continent this week.
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The BOM expects the system to be slow-moving, making for multiple days of rain and storms.
Widespread impacts are expected from Wednesday, while Thursday is expected to be a very active day, according to the BOM.
The wet conditions are expected to linger on Friday before things clear up for the weekend.
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