Analysing the latest data from weather stations around the country, the Australian Weather Bureau has released its annual forecast for next week.
In a statement the bureau said that its “best estimate” of the Australian winter is looking “like it will be pretty good”.
“The forecast for the next few days is looking very much like what we had in December,” it said.
“However, there is the chance that some of the lower intensity storms may not be as well supported.”
The bureau said it had “received some of our most robust forecasts in the last few days”, and that its forecasts had been “fantastic” for the past few years.
The bureau also said it expected the next wave of “very heavy” downpours and rain would continue to develop, but it was “possible” those storms could weaken.
It is expected the worst will occur in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region.
The weather bureau said the bureau’s current outlook for the Western Australian coast was for “light rain” and rain in the next 24 hours, with moderate rain expected to start in Western Australia by Friday.