It officially kicks in tomorrow, but we’re being told Sydney isn’t going to shiver too badly this winter.
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2018 Winter Outlook, forecasting a warmer and drier than normal June, July and August.
The winter outlook follows one of Australia’s warmest autumns on record and its second-warmest summer on record.
Southern mainland Australia has also had one of its driest autumns ever.
Daytime temperatures across much of the country are likely to be warmer than average, with the greatest chance (more than 80 per cent) in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Overnight temperatures are also expected to be above average.
Winter rainfall is likely to be below average for New South Wales, South Australia, northern Victoria and parts of Western Australia.