Violent thunderstorms and destructive winds hit the east coast this weekend as Australia prepares for its worst spring storm in decades – so how wet is the weather near you?
- Meteorological bureau predicts ‘multi-state storm outbreak’
- The evolving weather system is set to affect Queensland, NSW and Victoria
- Heavy rain, hail, destructive winds and flash floods will last until the weekend
- Some states will receive 30-50mm of rainfall while others 150mm will drop
Heavy rain, hail, destructive winds and the potential for flash floods will hit Australia’s east coast on Friday.
The weather bureau has dubbed it a ‘multi-state storm plague’ that will hit Queensland, New South Wales, northeastern Victoria and the northern central part of South Australia.
The weather system took shape on Wednesday, with the worst storm expected to hit the east coast on Friday and Saturday.
Bureau of Meteorology and Meteorology Jonathan How warned that heavy rains were likely to continue into the weekend.
“It will be a stormy and wet weekend for eastern Queensland and New South Wales including Brisbane and Sydney,” How said.
‘Total precipitation this Sunday will be broadly 30-50mm across parts of eastern Australia but, when we look at those more intense storms, we can see a total of 100 and even up to 150mm for some parts.’
Pedestrians are seen walking through the rain in raincoats and umbrellas at Southbank in Melbourne
Severe thunderstorms are likely to hit much of Australia’s east coast
Heavy rain hit Mulyungarie Station 130kms North West of Broken Hill in Central NSW earlier this month
He said the rain could be so heavy that it could cause concern for agricultural communities as it entered the harvest season.
“Heavy rain and heavy hail can damage crops and while some water catchments are already saturated, flooding could be a risk at the weekend,” he said.
“But with all thunderstorms, they’re in the wild.”
Around 30-50mm of rainfall is expected to fall in parts of eastern Australia on Sunday.
When the worst storms hit the rainfall, the total rainfall can exceed 100-150mm for some parts.
Western Australia will miss out on its weather events completely, with sunny days and temperature forecasts in the late 20s to early 30s leading up to the weekend.
The weather system took shape on Wednesday, with the worst storm expected to hit the east coast on Friday and Saturday
A car drives along a flooded road on the Barrier Highway north of Olary in South Australia on October 7 after heavy rain
Two young women talk together under an umbrella in the rain at Bradfield Park in Sydney
A flood warning has also been issued for the northern central part of South Australia with 100 mm of rain expected on Friday.
The bureau warned of flash floods and local tributaries, rivers overflowing due to bursts of rain.
However the city won’t be hit at all with only 10mm of rainfall expected on Friday.
The warning comes just a month after the bureau officially declared the country’s first active La Niña in 10 years.
Weather events occur when stronger equatorial winds, blowing from east to west, cool the Pacific Ocean off tropical Australia.
During the last La Niña between 2010 and 2012, the weather bureau said Australia had one of the ‘wettest two-year periods on record’.
“Widespread flooding in many parts of Australia is linked to record rainfall,” he said.
The Bureau of Meteorology officially declared the first La Niña event from 2010 to 2012, when floods hit Queensland, killing 33 people.
A man takes refuge from the rain during wet weather at Circular Quay in Sydney
WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
FRIDAY: Min 16. Max. 26. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Shower or two. Possible storm.
WEEK: Min 14. Max. 19. Take a shower.
MONDAY: Min 14. Max. 19. Take a shower.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Take a shower or two.
FRIDAY: Min 18. Max. 28. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Min 19. Max. 29. Partly cloudy
SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Shower or two. It looks like a storm.
MONDAY: Min 19. Max. 29. Take a shower or two. Possible storm.
TUESDAY: Min 18. Max 27. Take a shower or two.
FRIDAY: Min 16. Max 25. Shower
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Shower or two.
SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 17. Cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 9. Max. 18. Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max. 20. Cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 12. Max 25. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Min 15. Max 22. Shower. Possible storm.
WEEK: Min 8. Max 14. Shower.
MONDAY: Min 6. Max 11. Shower.
TUESDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Take a shower or two.
FRIDAY: Sun 12. Max 23. Rain growing. Possible storm.
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 16. Rain and then rain. Windy.
WEEK: Min 9. Max 14. Shower.
MONDAY: Min 9. Max. 17. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max. 18. Cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 13. Max. 26. Bright sunny
SATURDAY: Sun 12. Max 29. Bright sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 34. Sunny.
MONDAY: Min 19. Max. 29. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max. 26. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 10. Max 18. Rain late.
SATURDAY: Min 11. Max 16. Shower or twice.
WEEK: Min 5. Max 13. Possibility of showering.
MONDAY: Min 6. Max 15. Cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 7. Max 15. Take a shower or two.
FRIDAY: Min 25. Max. 33. Bright sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 26. Max. 34. Partly cloudy.
WEEK: Min 26. Max. 33. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 26. Max. 33. Take a shower or two. Possible storm.
TUESDAY: Min 25. Max. 32. Take a shower or two. Possible storm.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology