Most regions in Australia are poised to become extremely soggy moving into the weekend as several cold fronts and a trough arrive. The weather bureau has warned of “significant amounts of rain” on the way with downpours expected in the east coast, southwest and Top End parts of the country.
A maximum of 100mm is forecast in the eastern parts, with more being received in southeast Queensland. The Darwin is set to receive a soak as the wet season ends.
Elsewhere, extensive areas experiencing high pressure will record calm weather, sunshine, clear skies and mild autumn days. Nights are expected to remain cold with no clouds to keep the warmth in.
Rob Sharpe a meteorologist told stormassist.com.au that “a bounty of heavy rain” had been recorded in northern Queensland in the past eight days with approximately 500mm being received in Cairns leading to swelling rivers.
A final burst of this rainfall is expected on Monday before calmer conditions set in. A trough sitting over inland eastern areas will experience moisture before heading south.
“Showers will pick up from Wednesday and more so from Thursday,” Mr Sharpe explained.
“Over the next eight days there will be consistent rain for the coastline of southeast Queensland and northeastern New South Wales. We’re talking about significant amounts of rainfall in those areas.”
Queensland and New South Wales likely to be damp
Rainfall of between 50-100mm is expected in parts of Bundaberg all the way to northern NSW.
Brisbane will be sunny at the start of the week with downpours expected from Thursday with some heavy showers of up to 10-20mm daily moving into the weekend.
At least 10mm of rain is expected daily on totals for the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.
Temperatures are forecast to max out at mid-twenties with lows of about 15 degrees Celsius.
Across the border, wet conditions will extent southwards to Grafton and Port Macquarie with heavy downpours expected towards the weekend and a potential storm on Friday.
Sydney will experience a fall or two possibly over the weekend, but the rain gauge won’t be troubled that much. Temperatures will range at a peak of 23 degrees Celsius throughout the week with minimums of 13-14 degrees Celsius expected at dawn.
Clearer weather conditions in the south
Calmer weather is expected in the far south with Canberra set to experience a generally sunny week as temps peak at around 20 degrees and very cold mornings that could plunge to 1 degree on Tuesday and 2 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
Heavy falls could soak Melbourne at the beginning of the week but clear along the way to usher in sunshine. The mercury is set to rise gradually, lingering between the teens till Friday before rising to the 20 degrees mark during the weekend. Lowest temp will be about 9 degrees Celsius.
Tasmania will register similar conditions with a relatively mild week with temperatures ranging between the teens.
Nevertheless, a light shower is forecast over Hobart on Wednesday.
A mild, fine and dry week is forecast in Adelaide with temperature peaking at 22-25 degrees Celsius with lows remaining at about 10 degrees Celsius.
South of WA will see some cold fronts—the first being on Thursday and Friday before the second one sets in on Sunday.
Two cold fronts for Western Australia
The double cold fronts are likely to deliver rainfall and potentially destructive winds for the farthest parts of southwest. Albany will record up to 20mm of rainfall on Friday ahead of a soggy weekend.
Perth is expected to mostly warm during the week at approximately 30 degrees on most days through to Friday with lowest temperatures ranging in the mid-teens. Friday is set to be soggy though with just a maximum of 20mm of rainfall.
In the Top End, the wet season is almost ending as the dry starts on Saturday. However, a few storms are still expected in Darwin. Monday and Tuesday could record thunder and showers of up to 10mm in the rain gauge.
The skies are expected to start clearing from Wednesday with a sunny weekend.
Perth should expect toasty temperatures in the mid-thirties with lows hovering within the mid-twenties.
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