Why the weekend is looking AWFUL: Grim weather map emerges showing Australia’s east coast being deluged with rain – here’s what it will be like near you
- Australia’s entire east coast will be in for a wet and cold few days this weekend
- A cloudband will drench large swathes of the country with flooding possible
- Winds will also whip up dangerous surf along the coast as school holidays begin
- The skifields should see some good powder as the rain turns to snow in the alps
The rainy weather that soaked Australia’s east coast during summer and autumn is set to return this weekend with heavy rain, damaging winds and floods forecast.
Families are being asked to re-asses their holiday plans ahead of the wet and windy conditions just as school holidays begin for Victoria, Queensland and NSW.
Weatherzone said on Wednesday afternoon that a widespread cloudband will cover the east coast as it moves down from the tropics bringing rain and whipping up swells along the coast.
A low pressure trough deepening on Saturday will bring increased rainfalls with several computer weather models suggesting some coastal areas could see more than 100mm of rain in under 24 hours.
Multiple computer weather forecast models show Australia’s east coast will be drenched over the next week (pictured)
NSW’s coast is expected to see heavy rain from Thursday afternoon with the centre of the storm focusing over Sydney and Newcastle
The rain will stretch from Melbourne in the south of the country to as far north as Cape York and spreading west to Darwin – with the heaviest falls around Sydney and the tropical north Queensland coast.
The deluge will ease in Victoria on Sunday but continue in eastern Queensland and NSW with a second day of 100mm falls in some areas likely to cause flash flooding.
Monday will be similar conditions, with some models forecasting the downpour will continue into Tuesday and Wednesday.
The weekend will be wet for those on the east coast with rain stretching from Cape York to Victoria
Over the next eight days the accumulated rainfall forecast looks bleak with the east coast getting a drenching from Cooktown in the north to Bateman’s Bay south of Sydney.
Accumulated totals between 100mm and 200mm are likely for some areas and isolated falls of more than 300mm are possible.
Over on the west coast the weather is looking drier with light rainfall in Perth over the next week and no rain in the northern half of WA.
Temperature-wise the polar blast sweeping up from the Southern Ocean will continue to bring icy conditions for much of the country.
Sydney will see maximums of 17C to 19C for the weekend and dip to 11C overnight.
Residents in central Victoria, ACT and NSW will brave the cold this week with polar surges bringing ‘feels-like’ temperatures plummeting to -3C courtesy of wind chill
Melbourne will be considerably colder with minimums of 7C and hitting a high of 13C to 14C.
Perth will also see chilly nights of 7C but will warm up during the day to reach 20C.
Brisbane will be avoid much of the frosty temperatures sitting between 14C and 21C, but will be in for a rainy weekend.
Canberra in stark contrast will reach highs of just 12C and drop to just 1C overnight on Friday.
The nearby ski fields, already experiencing one of the best snow seasons in years, should also get some good powder with the rain forming snow in the alps region.
Both Perisher Ski Resort and Thredbo are forecast to receive 4cm of new powder on Friday
The alps will get some good snowfall including Mount Buller (above) which is in its peak ski season
MAJOR CITIES FOUR-DAY FORECAST
Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 19
Friday Sunny. Min 7 Max 19
Saturday Sunny. Min 7 Max 20
Sunday Sunny. Min 7 Max 20
Tuesday Sunny. Max 16
Wednesday Showers developing. Min 8 Max 15
Thursday Possible shower. Min 9 Max 16
Friday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 14
Thursday Shower or two .Min 7 Max 13
Friday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 13
Saturday Possible shower. Min 7 Max 13
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 14
Tuesday Cloudy. Max 15
Wednesday Late shower or two. Min 8 Max 15
Thursday Cloudy. Min 6 Max 11
Friday Cloudy. Min 5 Max 13
Thursday Cloudy. Min 1 Max 13
Friday Cloudy. Min 1 Max 12
Saturday Showers. Min 3 Max 12
Sunday Shower or two. Min 5 Max 12
Thursday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 18
Friday Showers. Min 11 Max 17
Saturday Rain. Min 11 Max 17
Sunday Rain. Min 12 Max 19
Thursday Possible rain. Min 13 Max 22
Friday Rain at times. Min 14 Max 18
Saturday Rain. Min 14 Max 17
Sunday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 21
Tuesday Partly cloudy. Max 29
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 26
Thursday Rain at times. Min 19 Max 26
Friday Cloudy. Min 19 Max 26