THIS summer will be a scorcher across the region with temperatures predicted to be much hotter than average and continuing dangerous bushfire weather, forecasters say.
The latest climate outlook for the Central West shows an 80 per cent chance of above average temperatures for the summer season.
While the chance of exceeding median rainfall is as low as 25 per cent in Dubbo and rising to 30 per cent for the rest of the region.
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The Bureau of Meteorology's climate and water outlook released on Thursday paints a bleak outlook for farmers with little chance of drought-breaking rains.
Senior hydrologist with the bureau, Dr Robert Pipunic, said any rain that does fall during the next three months was unlikely to have a positive impact on stream and river levels.
"A lot of catchments around Australia have got very dry soils so the chance of generating any run-off into the streams is reduced," he said.
"Ninety-five per cent of locations are likely to have low flows for that November to January period ... it's quite compelling to have that many in that one category."
While bureau senior climatologist Dr Lynette Bettio said the conditions would mean more dangerous fire weather.
"There's a really increased chance of above average daytime temperatures across much of the country and this really does increase the chance of an early season heatwave," she said.
"Any days with strong winds will again set the stage for dangerous bushfire weather."
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This year Australia has seen its second driest January to October period on record, senior climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins said.
"Unfortunately that's been compounded by the fact that we've had a very warm year to date," he said.
This year's January to October period has the been hottest on record for Australia.
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Meteorologist Andrea Peace said the hot, dry air combined with the very dry vegetation and strong gusty winds would lead to some very dangerous fire weather days.
"Until we see [weather] patterns change we're likely to see that continue," she said.
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