The opposite sides of Australia are preparing for severe weather today with warnings for heavy rainfall, flash flooding and powerful storms issued for three states namely Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
For Queensland, the tropical low continues to move slowly through central Cape York Peninsula, possibly shifting eastwards off the coast and into the region of the northern Coral Sea towards the weekend.
The low is set to soak the Peninsula, the North Tropical Coast and Tablelands today following heavy rains yesterday.
Southwell received a whole 240mm of rain in just 24 hours while Aurukun received 121mm yesterday.
Heavy showers capable of causing flash flooding are expected to continue in Cape York Peninsula over the central regions of the Peninsula district.
Localised six-hourly rainfall of totals ranging between 140mm and 180mm are expected in the warning area, with the heaviest rainfall being received in Cape Keerweer all the way to Musgrave, as it extends southeastwards to Palmerville and Laura.
Areas likely to be affected include Musgrave, Coen, Laura, Palmerville and Hope Vale.
The Kimberly in Western Australia is bracing for a wet day with some parts being on flood watch given the tropical low moving off the coast.
In NSW, a severe thunderstorm alert is in place for the southern parts of the state with lightning and heavy rainfall being forecast.
Wet and cloudy conditions are forecast in various parts of Australia’s capital cities today except Perth where a sunny and hot day is predicted.
Here’s a state-by-state weather update for Thursday, January 28, 2021.
New South Wales and ACT
The east will experience showers, breezy and cool-to-mild conditions. The southwest will receive storms and showers with breezy and mild-to-warm weather. The northwest parts are expected to experience windy, hot conditions as well as showers and storms.
Sydney is set to be cloudy with a low temperature of 19 degrees and peak of 24 degrees Celsius.
Canberra is forecast to be cloudy with possible showers, mostly later tonight and temperature low of 13 degrees and high of 20 degrees Celsius.
A strong wind warning has been issued for the Hunter Coast, Macquarie Coast, Illawarra Coast and Sydney Coast.
Showers and warm-to-very warm conditions expected in the southeast. Storms and showers with very warm weather expected in the northeast.
The northwest will be mostly sunny with very warm conditions. The far north will experience storms and heavy falls.
Brisbane is expected to be partly cloudy with a low temperature of 23 degrees and high of 29 degrees Celsius. There are medium chances of rainfall.
Late showers and warm conditions expected in the southwest. Southeast is set to be windy with cool-to-mild weather conditions. Storms and showers and very warm weather expected in the northwest. The northeast will be mostly sunny with very warm conditions.
Melbourne is set to be partly cloudy with low temperatures of 16 degrees and high of 28 degrees Celsius. High possibility of showers in the northwestern suburbs and medium chances elsewhere.
A gale warning has been issued for Port Philip, Central Coast and West Coast, while a strong wind warning has been issued for the Gippsland Lakes, Western Port, East Gippsland Coast and Central Gippsland Coast.
The central and southeast parts will be mostly cloudy with odd showers later and very warm-to-hot weather. Storms, showers and warm weather conditions are expected in the west. The north will be mostly cloudy with falls later in the day and very warm-to-hot conditions.
Adelaide is set to be partly cloudy with low temperatures of 19 degrees Celsius and a top of 31 degrees Celsius. Medium to high chances of rainfall expected from late afternoon.
The south and southwest areas are set to be mostly sunny with warm-to-very warm weather. The northwest will be windy and hot. The northeast parts will experience heavy showers and storms with warm conditions.
Perth is set to be warm and sunny with the mercury hitting a high of 31 degrees today.
The northwest areas will be dry and very hot with gusty winds, prompting a severe fire danger warning for parts of Gascoyne Coast and the Exmouth Gulf Coast today.
A developing tropical low along the coast at about 100km west of Wyndham is set to shift slowly towards the west-southwest areas today and tomorrow.
The low is forecast to cause frequent downpours and thunderstorms in the Kimberley for the next few days.
Heavy rainfall is expected throughout the Kimberly with flash flooding expected to continue in the northern and northwestern parts for the rest of the week.
Scattered 24-hour rain amounts reaching 200mm are expected in various areas such as Kuri Bay, Mount Barnett, Kalumburu and Mitchell Plateau.
A Flood Watch is in place for the Kimberley and Fitzroy River Catchments ahead of the impending heavy rains and flash flooding expected to last a couple of days.
The south will be mostly sunny with mild weather conditions. It will be cool-to-mild in the northwest with increasing clouds and wind. The northeast will be mostly cloudy and cool.
Hobart is set to be partly cloudy with daytime temperatures expected to range between 15 and 20.
The northwestern Top End will be warm with storms and showers. Storms and mild-to-warm weather conditions are expected in Arnhem. The central and southern parts will experience very warm-to-hot conditions and later thunder.
Darwin is forecast to be cloudy with a low temperature of 25 degrees Celsius and a peak of 30 degrees Celsius.
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