Temperature extremes are plaguing many areas of Australia this spring.
The ANZ bank is one of the latest big businesses to announce funding for drought assistance.
Warmer than average conditions are expected in August.
Drier than average forecast for northern Australia
Dry, warm May did not help
Third lowest on record
Lean season may continue
Likelihood of exceeding median rainfall almost 50 per cent
Autumn heat officially recognised while cold snap hits south-east Australia
April rainfall also well below average
High temperatures and total fire bans in south-eastern Australia
Thirty degree-plus temperatures on the cards