Most of the inland of the Nation has seen dry conditions with daily maximum temperatures about one to two degrees above normal at most places. Alice Springs after an exceptionally wet summer has had no rain since 8th February with one of the hottest March on record then one of the warmest Mays in 148 years of records. Past records show there were similar occurrences in 1880, 1924, 1958, 1986 and 1999. All these cases saw a relatively dry June in our regions, then heavier rains in July and August and also in October and November. Much the same rainfall pattern is expected this year. The heaviest rains in June is expected around the 20th.
Melbourne has had a slightly warmer than average May; but the highest temperature temperature this month of 20.5 was the first time since 1970 that the highest temperature has failed to reach 21 degrees in May.
The warmer than normal days across the Nation during Autumn this year will contribute to a warmer than average June with fewer frosts in our regions. Something to look forward to.