VIDEO: THE next three months are likely to see dry conditions persist across the country's east but above-average rainfall in the west.
In the Bureau of Meteorology's seasonal climate outlook issued today for November 2015 to January 2016, it indicates a mixed summer ahead for the country.
It's forecasting that November temperatures are likely to be warmer than average for southern Australia, with below-average rainfall across the southeast and parts of the north but above-average rainfall across large parts of the west.
The November to January outlook indicates below-average rainfall is likely across parts of Victoria, NSW and the tropics.
Warmer daytime temperatures are likely along much of the coast of southern and eastern Australia but central parts of the NT are likely to be cooler.
Overnight temperatures are likely to be warmer across most of the country.
The current outlook reflects a combination of a strong El Niño in the Pacific, a decaying positive Indian Ocean Dipole, and very warm Indian Ocean temperatures.
All models indicate that the strong El Niño is likely to persist until the end of the year, before a marked decline during the first quarter of 2016.