Lack of forecast rains to prolong Australian bushfires threat

Channel NewsAsia | Nov 14, 2019 at 6:20 AM
  • Official weather forecasts for Australia out on Thursday (Nov 14) showed no substantial rains for at least three months, providing grim news as firefighters battle to get more than 100 bushfires raging across the east coast under control.
  • Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said there is just a 25 per cent chance that the country’s east coast will receive average rainfall between Dec 1 and Feb 28.
  • Bushfires are common in Australia’s hot, dry summers, but the ferocity and early arrival of the fires in the southern spring this year has caught many by surprise and stoked an increasingly acrimonious political debate about climate change.
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