The long Easter weekend is coming with mixed weather events throughout Australia; from thunderstorms to rainfall, 10 degrees temperature dips to tropical cyclones, Aussies need to prepare.
Heading into Easter, majority of areas in the central, southern and western Australia are expected to be remarkably warm.
The northwest is set to experience the hottest weather, with temperatures set to hit highs of between 30 to 40 degrees each day starting today through to Easter Monday.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) a warm inland air is likely to track over southern Australia for the first half of the long weekend, making temperatures to rise from 7 degrees Celsius to 10 degrees above average within Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne on Friday and Saturday.
On the other hand, the second half of the long weekend is forecast to be remarkably cooler, with temperatures expected to plunge by 6 degrees to remain at 10 degrees Celsius across three cities by Sunday.
In the meantime, there’s an impending wet weekend for the northern tropics as downpours are set to increase in most parts of Queensland, the Northern Territory and northeast New South Wales.
Here’s the latest state-by-state breakdown of the weather for this year’s Easter season:
New South Wales and ACT
Cool-to-mild temperatures are expected in the northeast and mostly warm and sunny conditions in the southeast. The west will be sunny with mild-to-warm conditions.
Storms and showers are forecast in the northeastern parts of New South Wales while most parts of southern Australia will remain dry over the long weekend.
Sydney is forecast to be dry and relatively warm through to Sunday, with temperatures peaking at 27 degrees though there are chances of rain in the city on Monday.
Canberra is forecast to experience a warm and sunny Easter season with temperatures hitting a high of 28 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 27 degrees on Sunday with the rest of the long weekend set to receive the heat of a full sun.
Warm inland air is set to track over southern Australia in the first half of the weekend, triggering soaring temperatures of seven to 10 degrees above average across Melbourne on Friday and Saturday.
Weather conditions within the city are set to be sunny with temp peaks of 29 degrees and 30 degrees on Friday and Saturday.
Temperatures will dip to 20 degrees Celsius on Sunday and Monday although conditions will remain dry.
In the Far East, an intensifying trough is expected to cause increased rainfall and thunderstorms in the eastern parts of Queensland and the northeastern parts of New South Wales between Friday and Monday.
For now, there’s too much uncertainty about the amount of rainfall to expect although heavy showers and severe thunderstorms are possible.
Rainfall and temp of 25 degrees to 26 degrees Celsius are expected in Brisbane starting Friday through to Monday with storms also forecast at some point.
Warm inland air is expected to move over southern Australia in the first half of the Easter weekend, causing temp to rise between 7 degrees to 10 degrees Celsius above average across Adelaide.
Temperatures in Adelaide are expected to hit highs of 30 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday before dipping to 24 degrees Celsius on Sunday and Monday with partly cloudy weather conditions being forecast.
According to the long range weather forecasts, the southwest will be mostly cloudy with warm conditions, and clearing showers and cool-to-mild conditions in the southwest, with the south set to experience clearing showers and cool-to-mild conditions and sunny and very warm weather in the northwest. Perth is expected to be dry with temp highs of between 28 degrees and 32 degrees Celsius starting Friday through to Monday.
Residents of Kimberley or the Top End can expect rainfall or thunderstorm over the long Easter weekend.
Rainfall and storms are expected in parts of northern Australia later in the week as a monsoon moves to Australia.
Several areas are set to receive heavy downpours especially where a low-pressure system or tropical cyclone develops and moves near to, or over land.
It’s early to predict if and where these cyclones and lows will develop, though computer models reveal signs of tropical cyclone events becoming common from this Friday.
Rainfall is expected in various areas of the southwest on Friday and Saturday with the rest of the areas recording finer weather conditions.
Saturday is expected to be hot and windy in Hobart with temp peaks of 27 degrees Celsius as the remaining part of the long weekend is set to be partly cloudy with mild conditions.
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