Cyclone season is officially underway in Australia as several states are braced for temperatures over 30C today.
The mercury is set to hit 30C in the Victorian capital as the hotly anticipated Melbourne Cup goes ahead with crowds, while Adelaide and Darwin will reach 33C and 35C respectively.
However, showers are expected for all, along with Sydney which is forecast to hit 25C.This comes after the first day of the cyclone season, which will last until the end of April.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted a slightly larger than average run of cyclones for the next six months.
“On average, Australia gets around 11 tropical cyclones in a season, of which four generally cross our coastline,” BOM senior climatologist Greg Browning said.
“With warmer than average seas around northern Australia this year, the number of tropical cyclones is likely to be close, or slightly above average.”