Canberra is always alive with the colours of the four seasons. As the red and golden leaves blow in the wind to usher in the dusk of autumn and dawn of winter as June approaches, Canberrans have been rugging up with beanies and jumpers.
The season has also inspired amateur photographers to seize the picture-perfect moments with their cameras.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Sean Carson said Canberra could expect cooler temperatures ranging from 2 degrees to 12 degrees in the next week with light showers and snow on the mountains.
"We could very well experience El Nino conditions for the second-half of the year which means a warmer climate," Mr Carson added.
On Tuesday, the weather bureau declared a "substantial" El Nino event had begun, raising the likelihood of worsening drought over inland Australia and higher daytime temperatures.
Climate information services assistant director Neil Plummer said prolonged El Nino-like conditions had meant some areas were more vulnerable to the impact of warmer temperatures and drier conditions.
The bureau's weather outlook for May to July indicates much of Australia is likely to be wetter than average.
In Canberra, autumn is providing plenty of inspiration for budding photographers with entries to The Canberras Times autumn photo competition flooding in.
Amateur photographer Renee Hajek, who only started photography less than six months ago, was strolling on Mount Taylor in Woden with her dog when she caught the glimpse of the clouds.
Her entry Laddie on Cloud Nine captures the sunlight, astral clouds and bold rocks striking a balance between white, blue, green and grey colours to highlight autumn.
"My dog looked mesmerised in the clouds while sitting on top of a rock and I instantly wanted to capture this moment of bliss," she said.
Brian Rosenberg, 44, took Kayaks on the lake at dawn at Clare Holland House East, Barton.
His image captures the mist, the lazy kayaks, reflection on the rippled watersurrounded by the warmth of golden sunlight.
"My partner and I were enjoying the dawning of the sunlight and as we saw the golden yellow colour of the sun passing through the leaves it made us stop at this quaint backdrop of peace," he said.
Competition entrants' photos have the chance of being published in The Canberra Times newspaper or on canberratimes.com.au. Visit the website for terms and conditions.
Send a maximum of three photos to firstname.lastname@example.org as attached JPEG files and include your name, address, phone number, photo title, a description of the photo and the date it was taken.
Photos must be between 150 kilobytes and one megabyte. Winners will take home a share of the $1000 prize.