Highlight: South Australia Wet/Cool Pattern. Last week: Continued mostly dry. Discussion: Near 1 in. of rainfall accumulated in far southwest Australia and coastal southeast Australia last week. To the north, dryness dominated. The Interior East/Southeast was warmer than normal while Western Australia was cooler than normal. Week 2 Ahead: August 19-25, 2018 Comment: Large dry high pressure area affects most of Australia early period. Late in the period a wet cold front pushes into South-central/Southeast Australia bringing needed wet weather. Week 3 Ahead: August 26-Sep. 1, 2018 Comment: Warm in eastern sections. Ensembles indicate another potential vigorous cold front (or 2) sweeping across southwest/south-central portions bringing showers and cooler weather. Week 4 Ahead: September 2-8, 2018 Comment: Continuing to favor at least some wet weather to southern areas, this time in the Southeast while cooler temperatures are also favored across much of the South.