Australia has been enjoying its wet summer since 2017, and the humid weather will last for a while. For example, hundreds of millimeters of rain are expected in northeastern Queensland this weekend. Due to the recent rains, there is a risk of flooding as the water level in the rivers and beds is already high. Australian autumn (spring for us) is expected to be wetter than normal.
December was the fourth wettest month since measurements began in 1900, and Australia received little rain in January and February. This summer was completely different than last year, with Australia having to deal with severe wildfires, especially in December 2019. Not only is it wet, it’s been the coldest summer since 2012. Australian KNMI, Meteorological Center (POM) data shows. Humid and cold weather is the result of La Nina. Due to La Nina, spring in the Netherlands will be drier than normal.
Also read: What is La Nina and what disasters does this natural phenomenon cause.
Lots of rain in Northeast Australia
Northeast Queensland is experiencing heavy thunderstorms this weekend and Monday. In Townsville, less than 300 millimeters of rain is expected in three days. It usually comes in February or March. The rain is likely to continue next week, and may even cause a tropical cyclone. In the summer of 2019, Townsville was hit by the worst flooding since 1860.
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