Grains climate outlook 15 December 2023

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Please find the latest December climate outlooks for the grains industry below:

  • Grains video update for QLD/NSW
  • Grains video update for SA/VIC/TAS
  • Grains video update for WA

The key outlook messages are:

  • For the rest of December, above median rainfall is forecast through south-east Qld, northern and eastern NSW, eastern Vic, and Tasmania. In other areas, near median to below median rainfall is forecast, depending on the development of thunderstorms
  • For January 2024, above median rainfall is forecast for areas of NSW south of Tamworth, grading to near-median north of Tamworth and into Qld. For all other grain-growing areas, near-median to below median rainfall is forecast
  • Towards May 2024, near-median to below median rainfall is forecast for all grain-growing areas, noting that January to March is the peak time for tropical systems, which can move over land and completely change the rainfall outcome in some areas
  • Despite the near-median forecast in some areas, there is still the possibility of rainfall in the lowest and highest deciles, due to the distribution of rainfall probabilities
  • Above median temperatures are forecast for all areas in coming months, with an increased risk of extreme temperatures leading to elevated fire dangers

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