DON’T let this weekend’s cool change fool you. The NSW summer is set to be one of the hottest in recent years.
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As the El Nino weather pattern starts to move in for the summer months, senior meteorologist Ben Domensino from Weatherzone said this summer is expected to be hot, dry and riddled with tropical storms – with more 30-degree days expected than usual.

The Fire and Rescue NSW Assistant Commissioner, Jim Smith, said the fire brigade was already preparing for ”wild” weather conditions, with the potential of flash flooding, thunderstorms and more fires expected than in the past two years.

While Mr Smith ruled out ”apocalyptic” weather, his biggest concern is fires started by barbecues and Christmas lights.

The recent onslaught of hotter spring days and packed beaches has already led NSW surf clubs to start preparing for the summer. A spokeswoman for Surf Life Saving NSW said many city beaches were putting on more patrols and extending the hours of beach patrols.

Despite cooler weather last summer, more than 8.5 million people flocked to patrolled NSW beaches.

Surf lifesavers were also working with the Rural Fire Service to evacuate beaches in the event of a fire and more training for night rescue operations, the spokeswoman said.

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology told the Herald that the end of the La Nina pattern that dominated eastern Australia over the past two years meant a reversion to a more normal hot and humid summer.

But spring isn’t finished with us yet. Meteorologist Chris Webb said we should expect cooler temperatures with a chance of rain, due to a low pressure system. Today is expected to have fine conditions but a colder temperature of 20 degrees.


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