DESPITE a wet finish to autumn seeing Bendigo return to above average rainfall for the first time in six months, the Bureau of Meteorology’s winter climate outlook suggests central Victorians shouldn’t bank on a wet winter.

The bureau released its climate outlooks for June to August yesterday, with warmer and drier than average conditions expected for winter across much of the country.

Bendigo recorded more than 20 millimetres of rain in the final days of May, pushing the monthly total to 51.2 millimetres, more than five millimetres above the monthly average.

Despite the late rain, Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Jonathan Pollock said autumn 2018 would be among the warmest and driest on record.

“It’s been a very dry autumn for most of Victoria… It’s likely autumn 2018 will rank as one of the 10 driest autumns on record,” he said.

“That warm weather will almost certainly continue into June.”

The bureau forecasts that Bendigo has between a 30 and 35 per cent chance of exceeding its median winter rainfall of 178mm but is more than likely to exceed median maximum and minimum temperature.

“Across the whole state there is a more than 80 per cent chance of maximum temperatures being warmer than average,” Mr Pollock said.