Large parts of Australia should prepare for non-stop rain and thunderstorms this week amid grim predictions the downpours could into the middle of next month.
Every capital city but Perth received some rain up to 9am on Wednesday with NSW, Victoria and Tasmania to receive the brunt of the wet and gloomy weather.
Weatherzone said troughs in the east are generating rain, while warmer-than-usual sea surface temperatures are also creating more rainfall potential.
‘We’re still seeing plenty of rain rolling across the country, and it’s going to continue for the next couple of weeks through to the middle of April,’ Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe said on Wednesday.
‘At the moment we’re in the midst of a severe storm outbreak in eastern Australia.’
Large parts of Australia should prepare for non-stop rain and thunderstorms this week amid grim predictions the downpours could last well into April (a pedestrian in Sydney)
Every capital city but Perth received some rain up to 9am on Wednesday with the east coast to receive the brunt of the wet and gloomy weather (pictured, a Stormcast weather map)
The Glen Innes area in NSW’s Northern Tablelands received 108mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday, with showers also targeting northern Victoria.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and damaging winds across most of eastern NSW and the ACT, including Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra, on Wednesday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for NSW’s Northern Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, the ACT and the South Coast.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected to linger in the Harbour City before a brief reprieve on Friday night when grey skies will clear.
However, the reprieve will be short, as showers will return on Saturday and linger for at least four days into the start of April.
The Glen Innes area in NSW’s Northern Tablelands received 108mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday (rain in Sydney in November, 2021)
In the ACT, Canberrans are due to cop the brunt of the wet weather system moving through the east coast on Wednesday with up to 20mm of rainfall possible as a potential severe thunderstorm rolls in later in the day.
The weather should clear up slightly on Thursday, with a chance of fog in the morning and a medium chance of showers through the day.
Sunny skies and a high of 21C are forecast for Friday before the grey and wet returns and lingers into the start of next week.
Further south in Victoria, heavy rainfall was forecast across the state’s eastern ranges, with thunderstorms bringing up to 60mm of rain in three hours overnight.
Weatherzone said troughs in the east are generating rain, while warmer-than-usual sea surface temperatures are also creating more rainfall potential (pictured)
In Gippsland, in the state’s southeast, a warning was issued for damaging winds and large hail. BOM said conditions were expected to ease on Wednesday afternoon.
However, those attending the Grand Prix in Melbourne on Thursday should pack an umbrella with showers due to linger for at least four days.
It’s looking to be a wet start to the weekend, with cloudy skies and a medium chance of showers over the city for Saturday.
The 21-year-old Australian behind the wheel of Maclaren, Oscar Piastri, is sure to be revved up by the home crowd as he takes the track for the third race of the season.
If all goes to plan, the sun will be out over the track on Sunday, with temperatures reaching a high of 20C.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected to linger in the Harbour City (pictured) this week before a brief reprieve on Friday night when grey skies will clear
Sydney (above) is forecast to see rain for the next seven days alongside high temperatures
Further north, warm and wet conditions are heading to Queensland, with a thunderstorms forecast for the next two days.
The storms are expected to hit the Darling Downs, Granite Belt, South Burnett and south east coast as well as Brisbane and the Gold Coast on Wednesday.
The temperature will remain at around 30C in Brisbane for the next few days with a glimpse of sunny weather to arrive Friday with a slight chance of rain in the morning.
In Western Australia, rain and storms are gaining momentum with a flood watch issued for most of the west coast on Wednesday.
Large parts are set to receive the heaviest rain in six months this week with the parts of the Wheatbelt, the Goldfields and up north in Newman in the firing line.
In Perth, two days of rainy weather is on the horizon from Thursday with a slight chance of a shower in the northern suburbs on Wednesday afternoon.
Rain is forecast to hang over Melbourne for the next six days before skies clear on Sunday
Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart are all forecast to see wet weather this week with warnings of damaging winds and storms (pictured, pedestrians in the rain)
Further south in Tasmania, Hobart is predicted to receive three days of possible showers to cap the month of March.
A short break of sunshine is due for the first day of April, with the temperature expected to reach a high of 18C and not a shower in sight.
In Adelaide, wet and wild conditions are expected to ease throughout Wednesday with a top of 21C forecast for the southern capital.
Showers are forecast until Friday, with the sun due to peak out for three days from Saturday. Residents will be able to soak up a top of 23C on Sunday and Monday.
Meanwhile in the country’s Top End, a four-day run of blue skies and hot weather is forecast in Darwin, with the mercury soaring to 35C on Friday and Saturday.
Locals should soak up the weekend weather before storms return on Sunday.
THREE-DAY FORECAST FOR MAJOR CITIES
Thursday Sunny. Min 15 Max 29
Friday Morning showers. Min 16 Max 25
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 27
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 21
Friday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 19
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 20
Thursday Shower or two. Min 12 Max 20
Friday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 19
Saturday Shower or two. Min 12 Max 17
Thursday Possible shower. Min 11 Max 20
Friday Shower or two. Min 12 Max 17
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 18
Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 20
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 6 Max 21
Saturday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 19
Thursday Shower or two. Min 16 Max 25
Friday Sunny. Min 14 Max 24
Saturday Showers. Min 16 Max 22
Thursday Showers. Possible storm. Min 23 Max 31
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 18 Max 30
Saturday Shower or two. Min 19 Max 28
Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 24 Max 34
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 25 Max 35
Saturday Sunny. Min 25 Max 35
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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