Highlight: Feared anomalous heat is in the forecast. Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2018 temperature anomaly/precipitation amount Discussion: Northeast Australia was hot and early season widespread bush fires erupted. The fire issue was also enhanced by high wind and of course dry soils. Parts of Southeast Australia observed just-the-opposite condition: flooding rainfall. Week 2 Ahead: December 9-15, 2018 Comment: Most of Australia is hotter and drier than normal. Northeast Queensland could be quite rainy. The forecast trend is hotter! Week 3 Ahead: December 16-22, 2018 Comment: Southern Australia is hot and dry and the focus of greatest risk of a hostile climate to the public and agriculture. Week 4 Ahead: December 23-29, 2018 Comment: Dry and hot into Queensland to close December.