Residents living along the coastal areas of New South Wales have been advised to remove or fasten loose items in their backyards as wild weather is expected to wreak real havoc throughout the state this week. The South Coast of NSW is set to be bombarded by about 100mm of rain on Monday as a combination of strong winds, heavy rains and dangerous surfs are set to hit Sydney on Tuesday.
According to Jane Golding, a senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, some regions are likely to experience flooding and waves as high as five metres on Tuesday.
“We are asking people to just keep an eye on the forecast,” Ms Golding said. “With the winds, certainly those areas close to the coast would want to have a look at any loose items and maybe clear those yards.”
Sydney is forecast to start experiencing light winds on Monday evening of about 15-20km/h before winds of 50km/h set in near the coastal areas on Tuesday.
Showers are predicted to hit 35mm on Tuesday, with rains forecasted all through to the weekend.
Most areas around the surf are set to receive little showers on Sunday even as the low-pressure system intensifies while moving off the coast.
“What we are really watching for Tuesday is how the wind develops,” she said. “At this stage, it does look like there will be some gale force winds in coastal areas.”
The BOM has forecast showers combined with thunderstorms in parts of the ACT and NSW on Monday and Tuesday, with the mammoth surf expected to hang around till Wednesday.
Ms Golding has asked residents living along the coastal line to be on high alert.
“We might see a bit of coastal erosion in some areas that are prone … that’s because the winds and the waves on Tuesday are really increasing,” she explained. “It’s certainly not a day to be going out boating and to be taking care if you’re in the surf zone for whatever reason.”
Ms Golding further advised that the rains will be coming after a dry spell in June. Sydney is expected to remain at maximum temps of 17 degrees Celsius all through to Thursday, with heavy showers being forecast until Saturday.
“We had a really wet February which really lifted our rainfall totals for the year,” she said.
“But since February and March it has been pretty dry and June in particularly was dry.”
The chilly weather and rains are expected to bring about snowfall over the alpine regions especially the eastern areas of the Snowy Mountains.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning to sheep grazers that the freezing temperatures combined with southerly winds and heavy showers on Monday could cause the death of lambs and sheep that will be exposed to these extreme conditions.