Fire and drought-ravaged parts of Queensland face a long, dangerous summer with conditions forecast to be drier and hotter than average.
The Bureau of Meteorology released its summer outlook on Thursday and long-range forecaster Dr Andrew Watkins says it's not good news for Queensland.
He says there's an above 80 per cent chance of much of the state being drier and warmer than average, particularly in southern regions that have experienced major bushfires and are gripped by drought and water shortages.
The hot dry winds that have scorched the state during the bushfire crisis are also set to blister the southeast throughout summer.
The main influence is one of the strongest positive Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) events on record.
"Basically, the positive IOD occurs when you get cooler than normal ocean temperatures off Indonesia which tends to restrict the amount of moisture coming into eastern Australia and also tends to create high pressures over Eastern Australia which keeps the clouds away," Dr Watkins said.
The other influence, particularly in southern Queensland, is the negative southern annular mode where weather systems push further north than normal.
"That is going to cause more westerly winds, those hot and dry winds coming into southeast Queensland in particular.
"It will have a big impact on Queensland this summer."
The dire predictions come on the back of one of the top five driest spring seasons on record, he said.
Australian Associated Press