Australia now in El Niño climate pattern, increasing bushfire risk, BOM says

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Pattern – which will increase chance of hot and dry summer – announced as total fire bans declared for greater Sydney region

The Bureau of Meteorology has declared that Australia is now in an El Niño climate pattern that will increase the chances of a hot and dry summer, and heighten the risk of dangerous bushfires.

The announcement comes amid soaring temperatures and extreme fire danger across parts of south-east Australia. Total fire bans were declared for the New South Wales south coast and greater Sydney region on Tuesday, while bushfire evacuation orders were issued in parts of Queensland during the week.

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