Wetter than average spring on the outlook

Wetter than average spring on the outlook

26/8/21, 5:11 am

The latest weather data shows parts of Victoria are forecast to have a wet spring. This is predicted to lead to continued strong grass growth and the potential of increased severe weather conditions into the warmer months.

Released today, the quarterly national Seasonal Bushfire Outlook for September to November, was developed by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Bureau of Meteorology and state fire services agencies. AFAC is the national council for fire and emergency services.

The Outlook shows this year’s average to above average rainfall across much of Victoria is likely to result in continuous grass and crop fuels growth through most areas west and north of the Great Dividing Range.

For many forest areas, conditions are currently normal or wetter than normal. The forecast indicates above-average rainfall during spring, leading to a below average fire risk during bushfire season across the eastern, north-east, central ranges and Otway ranges.

The outlook through until the end of spring suggests above average rainfall is likely. Victoria has many areas that are prone to flooding. Now is the time to prepare yourself and your home for the risk of flooding.

Already this year, we have seen the effects of La Ninã, with vast rainfalls across parts of Victoria resulting in widespread consequences.

Victorians should never be complacent when planning and preparing for the risk of severe weather as well as fire. We have seen in previous years; the risk is not just for fire. Storms and severe weather events can also occur during our peak summer months.

VICSES Local Flood Guides are now available in over 140 at-risk townships. Visit our website to see your local risk and what you can do to prepare. 

Remember to never drive through floodwater. Driving on flooded roads is dangerous, and it doesn’t take much to make your car become unstable, lose traction or wash away.

We will continue to work closely with the emergency services sector to ensure the safety of Victorian communities for any upcoming severe weather events that may occur over the summer fire period. 

Quotes attributable to Victoria State Emergency Service Chief Officer of Operations, Tim Wiebusch:

“This year we’ve seen the effects of La Ninã, with vast rainfalls across parts of the state resulting in flash and riverine flooding.”

“The outlook until the end of spring suggests above average rainfall is likely. Victoria has many areas which are prone to flooding.”

“VICSES Local Flood Guides are now available in over 140 at-risk townships. Visit our website https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/ to see your local risk and what you can do to prepare.” 

“Remember to never drive through floodwater. It doesn’t take much for your car to become unstable, lose traction or wash away. Driving through flood waters may be the last decision you make.”