Huge thunderstorms and torrential rain to batter swathes of Australia TODAY – but an unexpected mini heatwave will arrive in time for the public holiday as temperatures soar
- Low pressure system with strong winds will move across Australia’s east coast
- Thunderstorms are expected in northeast NSW, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide
- Mini heatwave over the weekend in time for the public holiday on Monday
- Warm temperatures will reach up to 28C in Sydney and 28C in Melbourne
Torrential rain is set to batter huge swathes of Australia in the coming days, before temperatures soar during an unexpected heatwave over the public holiday long weekend.
Thunderstorms are brewing across most of the country with a low pressure trough triggering windy weather and showers throughout Australia’s east coast from Tuesday.
Weatherzone meteorologist Sam Brown warned the ‘severe’ storms would bring ‘damaging wind gusts’ from Tuesday onwards.
‘There is a low pressure system and associated trough moving through South Australia at the moment and that’s causing storms in the northern parts.
‘That same system is moving further east into tomorrow and there will be storms for central north New South Wales from about tomorrow morning,’ he explained.
A low pressure system will move through South Australia on Tuesday and bring severe winds an heavy rain to the country’s east coast on Wednesday (a rainy day in Sydney pictured)
Thunderstorms and gusty winds will largely affect parts of southern Queensland, eastern New South Wales and southern Victoria (Melbourne pictured on September 22)
Mr Brown said the storms would progress over Victoria, NSW and south Queensland until Friday.
‘There will be thunderstorms for much of eastern New South Wales and there’ll be showers associated with all those storms and some gusty winds,’ he said.
He explained there was ‘storm potential’ across most of the country thanks to the ‘unstable atmosphere and temperatures coming down from the tropics.’
Mr Brown said parts of Western Australia would also experience the wet weather.
‘They’ll get a few storms in the far south west and far east near the South Australian border.
‘There’s potential for storms everyday in the north of Western Australia in the Kimberley region and western parts of the top end,’ he explained.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Diana Eadie told Daily Mail Australia the system would bring ‘wide-spread shower and storm activity.’
Heavy rainfall will batter South Australia on Tuesday (low pressure trough across Australia pictured) and is expected to fall at 5 to 15 mm but could be as high as 60 mm
Wide-spread shower and storm activity will hit Sydney (city pictured) on Wednesday
Meteorologists said the ‘shower, storm and rain activity’ would subside across the east coast (Sydney Harbour pictured) and spark sunny weather and a mini heatwave on the weekend
‘The low pressure trough will move through eastern parts of Western Australia, southern parts of the northern territory and South Australia,’ she said.
Ms Eadie explained South Australia would see ‘the most significant rainfall totals’ on Tuesday.
‘We’re expecting 5 to 15 millimetres but we could see as high at 40 to 60 millimetres in far north western parts of South Australia.’
She said the system and its ‘shower, storm and rain activity’ would progress eastwards on Wednesday.
‘We will see an increase in shower and storm activity over southern Queensland, much of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Temperatures will climb across the east coast (Bondi Beach in Sydney pictured) on Friday and reach up to ten to twelve degrees above average for the time of the year
Melbourne and Sydney (Bondi Beach pictured) will both reach 28C on the long weekend
‘That will all subside on Friday and we’re likely to see a pretty much sunny day across most of the country and warm conditions,’ she said.
Ms Eadie said east coast residents would ‘be enjoying sunny weather’ over the weekend and Labour Day public holiday on Monday.
‘Saturday will be the warmest day for the southeast and we’ll see temperatures up to ten to 12 degrees above average for this time of year.’
‘It’s pretty unusual, Melbourne will be 28C on Saturday and Sydney will be 26C on Saturday and 28C on Sunday,’ she explained.
Mr Brown added ‘central and southern parts of NSW’ would be dry and regional parts of the state would see temperatures into he low thirties over the weekend.
FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST
TUESDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 23. Possible shower.
THURSDAY: Min 14. Max 24. Possible shower.
FIRDAY: Min 11. Max 24. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 13. Max 26. Sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 13. max 25. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 15. max 28. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 15. Max 29. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 17. Max 28. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 12. Max 21. Showers developing.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 19. Shower or two.
THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Clouds clearing.
FRIDAY: Min 14. Max 29. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 21. Max 28. Possible shower.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 19. Mostly sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 9. Max 21. Cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 8. Max 18. Possible shower.
FRIDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Possible shower. Windy.
SATURDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Showers.
TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers
THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 20. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 12. Max 26. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 17. Max 28. Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 12. Max 21. Showers
WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 22. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 13. Max 22. Cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 18. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Min 6. Max 19. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 6. Max 18. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 6. Max 14. Showers.
THURSDAY: Min 9. Max 20. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 4. Max 23. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 5. Max 24. Sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 25. Max 34. Mostly sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 25. Max 34. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 24. Max 35. Sunny.
FRIDAY: Min 25. Max 35. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 34. Sunny.