La Nina is scheduled to end in February

Weatherzone meteorologist James Rout said the observations clearly indicated that La Nina was ending.

“La Nina has cooler conditions in the eastern and central parts of the Pacific Ocean and warmer conditions in the western Pacific Ocean [near Australia].

Swimmers and sunbathers make the most of the warmer weather in Barangaroo on Sunday.

Swimmers and sunbathers make the most of the warmer weather in Barangaroo on Sunday.Credit:Oscar Colman

“In the last week, it has actually gotten warmer in the eastern and central Pacific than in December. This is the sign of La Nina’s weakening.”

Sydney is expected to hit 32 degrees on Wednesday, which would be the hottest temperature in 331 days, but those trying to cool off with a dip along Australia’s east coast wouldn’t notice the change in water temperature, Rout said.

“You’re only talking about a degree or two difference, and that’s on a large scale… if you just go swimming every day, you probably won’t notice it.”


Much of NSW suffered devastating floods over the past year, including the Northern Rivers in February and March and the western parts of the state in November.

The February/March event, which also swept south-east Queensland, was the costliest natural catastrophe of all time, according to the Insurance Council of Australia.

In November it said the claims bill for insurers was up to $5.65 billion, equivalent to the $5.57 billion cost of the April 1999 Sydney hailstorm and the $5.04 billion bill of the dwarfed by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. La Nina is scheduled to end in February

Callan Tansill

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