Bushfires and extreme heat have surprisingly returned. It certainly amazes me how low temperatures over western Queensland a week ago and also parts of the Northern Territory have once again allowed for the heat trough and ridge to set in extending to coastal NSW once again. Furthmore, the wet season has barely made any impact on the Northern Territory or over most parts of northern Australia for that matter! The latest models consistently show extreme heat covering at least a quarter of the continent over the interior. Basically, this excessive heat must give way to an extensive monsoonal trough and ample rainfall as well as an extensive tropical cyclone season.