The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) long range outlook predicts the north-east of NSW is looking down the barrel of a long hot summer.
The latest Climate Outlook released today, Thursday November 27, 2014 suggests the region can expect a hotter and drier Summer than average.
Senior climatologist Catherine Ganter said the two months to the end of January are expected to be affected by El Niño like conditions.
"Our outlook for Summer shows a drier than normal season is more likely," he said.
"Temperature wise we also have warmer than normal daytime and night time temperatures.
"We have El Niño like conditions persisting.
"We're sort of somewhere between neutral conditions and El Niño.
"But regardless it's biasing us towards a warmer and drier period."
Ms Ganter said there is little joy for people on the land or dependant on rainwater tanks.She said temperatures are expected in the region to be higher than average in the next two months and rainfall below average.
"Unfortunately it's not the best outlook," she said.