Forecast firms for hot, dry and parched Coffs Coast summer
ANY prayers for rain from primary producers are unlikely to be heard in the next three months with a continuation of the Coffs Coast's "serious deficiency" of precipitation expected to continue.
The Bureau of Meteorology's observations show September and October rainfall was well below average with just 39mm for the two months compared to long term mean rainfall of 157.5mm.
While August was near average thanks to a late deluge, the 10 months from December 1, 2013 to September 30 this year is listed in the serious deficiency category - the mildest of the three descriptions for dry conditions.
While beach-goers are likely to benefit from blue skies leading into the holiday period, farmers and gardeners are unlikely to get the usual rainfall they would expect over summer.
The BOM's three month outlook for November to January shows the Coffs Coast at a 65% chance of below average rainfall.
This is based on looking at ten recorded years with similar climatic conditions as are currently being experienced and noting how many of those were wetter or drier than average.
Warmer than normal temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean and near normal tropical Indian Ocean temperatures are cited as climate influences currently.
The dry spell is likely to extend over most of northern Australia, northeast South Australia and into Victoria - other areas have roughly equal chance of wetter or drier conditions.