SOUTH-EAST Queensland has sweltered through a hot, dry storm season and warmer-than-average conditions are forecast to continue in the coming months.
Multiple heatwaves swept the state during summer, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in the Scenic Rim.
The storm season, which runs from November to April, also saw a lack of major storm and rainfall events and areas in the south-east including Logan and Redlands had their driest summer on record.
Rains in March and April offered a welcome reprieve from hot, dry conditions that dominated for much of the season.
The season's wettest day came overnight on Friday, March 15 when severe storms drenched the south-east in the first significant rainfall event in months.
Beaudesert received 89.2mm, while 62.6mm fell in the Redlands.
Flash flooding and power outages affected some areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures to continue in winter and spring.
The bureau has forecast a short-lived El Nino weather event in the coming months, which occurs when ocean surface temperatures are warmer than average, causing trade winds to weaken or blow in the opposite direction.
This can influence rainfall and temperatures.
Warmer than average days and nights are also expected for most of the country in the coming months.
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