Residents of the Australian state of Victoria have been warned of a "dire" bushfire season, following heavy winter rain.
The Country Fire Authority head said that people living in high-risk areas could have a season as bad as the one that led to the deadly 2009 Black Saturday fires, the Australian ABC News website indicated on Monday.
The Black Saturday blazes killed more than 170 people in Victoria.
"The grass is now growing very quickly, as are the forests around most of Victoria," Euan Ferguson said, warning that the abundant winter rainfall set up extremely high fuel loads across much of the state.
Southern spring is well advanced, and "grasslands and forests are drying," Ferguson told ABC News, adding, "we'll have a real fire season this year."
Two danger areas were cited, Dandenong Ranges and Kinglake, where outskirts of Melbourne meet heavily wooded landscapes.
Victoria has, as of last week, already seen a few bushfires, one of which Ferguson called "significant."
The plum rains are known as "meiyu" in China, the "baiyu" or "tsuyu" in Japan, and the "jangma" in the Koreas. The heart of the plum rain season stretches from early June to mid-July, with a tendency to shift south to north across the affected area.
In the wake of the mid-June cloudbursts, most of Pakistan to northwestern India last week saw a return to dry, hot weather typical of the weeks leading up to the Monsoon onset. It was as if the Monsoon withdrew to its "normal" position for the latter half of June.
The 38.5 degree C (101 degrees F) reading Tuesday in Ajaccio, Corsica, may have been tops in Europe.
Monsoon Onset was June 13th, 2013, in Delhi, almost two weeks earlier than average. The June 15th onset at Karachi and Islamabad was more like three week ahead of schedule.
In Pakistan, hit-or-miss downpours missed the Sindh capital, Karachi. One did hit Pad Idan, where it left 60 mm of rain Wednesday. This was more than 20 times greater than the normal June rainfall.
It is still possible that this scenario is over wrought as to the intensity and spread of rain in Pakistan and northwestern India. However, it is the hunch of the present forecaster that some very unusual weather is going to unfold in the Subcontinent during the next week!