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While many Starts at 60 readers (especially those in Sydney and Melbourne) have been feeling wet and cold this past week, we may soon have more to worry about.

Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce has warned Australia of a “double whammy” – two major risks that could spell some seriously bad weather.

According to The New Daily, we face a rare combination of two events: the return of the infamous El Nino in the Pacific Ocean, and the simultaneous effects of a similar phenomenon, the Indian Ocean Dipole.

Between them, they are sucking our usual rainclouds away, which could make the year one of Australia’s driest years on record.

“We are seeing the dominance of the two main drying factors. The tropical Indian is drying us out and the tropical Pacific is drying us out”, said Dr Andrew Watkins, a senior climate predictor at the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Bureau recently told a Senate hearing that the planet may have its hottest year on record due to these two events.

Dr Watkins said the Indian Ocean Dipole – caused by a clash of warm and cool temperatures – is taking warm water away from Australia, essentially pulling the chances of rain away with it.

“It’s good for Africa. It will help with the droughts in Somalia and other places, but not so good for Indonesia, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Australia”.

It is expected that we’ll face the worst of it in November, with Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart most likely to suffer. But this is clearly the biggest concern to Australians in dry bushfire regions.

This is a particularly worrying wake up call to anyone who lives in a risky area. According to News Local, only half of NSW residents currently living in these areas have a survival plan in the event of a bushfire.

Are you concerned about the upcoming dry spell? How will it affect you? And what’s the hottest drought you remember?

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  1. We seem to be getting more tropical weather where I am , heat in the day and showers in the afternoon, the down side is that the grass grows quicker and the humidity is high

  2. So the impact is going to be felt in the capital cities with not a mention of those communities, families and individual who have been struggling with drought for the last 3+ years???!!

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    • No never a mention of communities outside metropolitan areas…… pretty tragic isn’t it. I live in north qld….know where you are coming from….anywhere north of the sunshine coast does not exist….

    • It is the same for any country region they only seem to worry about the metropolitan and city areas . As far as they are concerned the country people don’t have a problem.

  3. A survival plan does not alter the fact of increasingly ‘hot’ wildfires. It merely enables you to walk away and hope you have a home to return to. Eventually of course insurance will become so onerous, normal people won’t be able to afford it. We need to address climate change urgently and hope we can stop the extreme weather events getting worse!

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    • I agree ladies, and unfortunately we also have to worry about the idiots who get a kick out of starting the BUSHFIRES.

    • And spare a thought for the farmers who experience this weather year in and year out to the point the the suicide rate is very high….

    • Trish Daley I agree Trish about the deliberately lit bushfires, but we also have to worry about those caused by people who are just so STUPID they don’t even realise their actions could cause a fire. I’ve seen cigarette ash (not the actual cigarette thrown down) in a nearly bare paddock lead to a fire starting and spreading until half a dozen people around managed to stamp it out. The idiots who thought it would be fun on New Years Eve to let off fire crackers in the bush that started a bushfire that burnt for many days over more than a hundred hectares, the home handyman who was welding on an extremely high fire danger day. I could go on, none deliberately lit, all the result of stupidity and lack of thought.

    • Judy it’s not only farmers, it’s everyone who has bush , or long grass even a few miles away, that is in danger in the days of extreme heat and winds.

    • Marlene, Judy doesn’t mean just bush and gras. She means that with all the years of drought that the farmers have faced and it is still going on, they are finding it extremely hard as there is just about nothing left to feed their stock and the banks are not helping.

    • May be its time they started to make pipe lines to the country farms instead of wasting their money else where that’s the Goverment with water think of all that rain water that we have in winter that could be directed in the right direction maybe I’m thinking to much just a thought

    • Another lifeline for farmers could be to establish wind or solar power stations on their properties. A lot of local farmers turn a good base annual income from wind farms and I saw huge solar farms on many farming properties in Italy. While it doesn’t solve the drought issue, it may assist farmers to get through the hard years.

  4. It’s ‘weather’ and we can’t do anything to change it. We just have to wear it, and those that think we can change it are delusional.

  5. Bloody climate change: hot one day, cold the next; rainy one day, not the next; like that’s never happened before – oh wait it’s been happening since time began.

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  6. After seeing sheep standing in the middle of paddocks without shade panting and looking distressed, their water out in the scorching sun too hot to drink last time South Australia had days on end over 40, I wonder if lessons are ever learnt. Our area is broad acre farming and once the crops are harvested many farmers graze sheep over the paddock without a tree in sight, where there are trees sheep pile into the shade provided. Another even hotter summer will probably leave more sheep carcasses in the paddocks and more suffering stock.

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    • I thought we were going to build more dams , I heard they picked a few spots BUT people didn’t like the idea. Every year in Qld & Northern NSW we get floods. and the rivers just flood every town on the way to the sea. What a waste

  7. Did you not hear. The Inuit tribe is stating NOT climate change but earth moved of its normal axis.

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    • The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis. But don’t worry—you won’t notice the difference. It has no effect on the weather it just caused to the earth to rotate a tiny fraction faster

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