Wild weather is on the way
BUNDABERG residents are being warned to brace for a wetter-than-expected summer as meteorologists reveal La Nina conditions have strengthened.
Weather Channel senior meteorologist Tom Saunders warned widespread flooding and increased cyclonic activity could follow with the onset of a stronger weather system.
"La Nina conditions, combined with a recent warming of the oceans off our northern coastline, all point to
wards a very wet summer for Australia with an above-average number of tropical cyclones and widespread flooding," Mr Saunders said.
"The strength is based on sea surface temperatures in the eastern equatorial Pacific, called the Nino 3.4 region.
"Thankfully, despite the wet conditions we're expecting over the coming months, we are still unlikely to see rain and flooding at the same severity as 12 months ago."
Superintendent Rowan Bond of Bundaberg police said he and Inspector Kev Guteridge would stay in town over the Christmas season in case of extreme weather.
"We had to nominate who would be available over Christmas and we made the decision to wait around," Supt Bond said.
"We're gearing up for a wet season.
"At least one of us will be around."
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gordon Banks said, however, the rain was not likely to be as bad as last year's flooding rain.
"It's certainly not as strong as last year, but we'd expect above-average rainfall," Mr Banks said
"We're seeing the first indication of a monsoon trough forming north of Australia.
"The telltale signs are there that the wet season is on the way."
As for the Christmas Day forecast, Mr Banks said it was too early to tell precisely what the weather would be doing.
But according to the WeatherZone, there is a 50-75% chance of rainfall in Bundaberg on December 25.