Dry winter primes Sydney Basin for early start of Bushfire season

Have you noticed the air smelling a bit smokey recently? The city looking pretty hazy? Well in the last weeks of winter, the New South Wales Rural fire service has been preparing for an early bushfire season. New modelling that combined data from the Bureau of Meteorology with NASA satellite imaging has found that record-setting July warmth and low rainfall have created conditions very similar to 2013, when highly destructive bushfires burned across NSW and Victoria. So is Sydney and New South Wales set for another hot and damaging Summer?  Dr. Rachael Nolan, a research fellow in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sydney spoke to Monday Daily presenter Sean Britten and discussed this issue further.

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