While much of the country enjoyed a sunny start to the week, forecasters are urging us to not put the umbrellas away just yet. Rain and storm is forecast for most of New South Wales and Queensland in the coming week, according to weather reports.
Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe told news.com.au on Monday heavy downpour is set to drench the east coast in the next few days.
According to Sharpe, Brisbane is faced with a wet week ahead with showers bringing around 20mm of rain, however temperatures won’t drop and are likely to stay in the mid-twenties all week.
“It will really build into NSW on Thursday and as the upper trough moves pretty much on top of the low pressure system there could be areas of rain right across eastern parts of NSW,” Sharpe said.
However, in Sydney the city is set to receive almost half a month’s rain in three days. Northern parts of New South Wales could be even more drenched, according to Sharpe. Perth and Canberra could also be in line for heavy downpours as the week continues.
“As we move into Friday there’s a chance we’ll see a low pressure system developing close to the coast and there could be some powerful winds associated with that,” he added.
The wild weather follows the driest September on record. In August, the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest climate outlook predicted a drier Spring than normal.
“A drier and warmer than average spring would likely mean intensification of the existing drought conditions across parts of eastern Australia and an increase in bushfire potential,” the BOM said in its outlook at the time.
“Much of eastern and southern mainland Australia has experienced a very dry winter and start to the year, so an outlook with increased chances of drier conditions indicates areas currently experiencing drought are less likely to see significant respite in the coming three months.”