Wild weather battered Australia’s east coast overnight with more storms set to wreak havoc on Friday.
A huge band of thunderstorms are forecast to roll in across Melbourne today after parts of Victoria were inundated by heavy rain on Thursday night – with some towns recording a whopping 24mm of rain in just an hour.
In New South and Queensland, chilly weather follows a severe heatwave earlier this week and the hottest Australia Day since 1960.
Grey and dreary conditions are also set to continue across most other capital cities with summer temperatures dropping into the low 20s.
The drizzly weather is set to linger into the weekend.
Steady rain and dark clouds are seen at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia
A map of Australia on shows the rain forecast to lash NSW, Victoria, QLD and WA on Friday
The State Emergency Service in Victoria has urged people to stay off the roads and avoid travel if possible – with floodwater, debris, reduced visibility and fallen trees all potential hazards for motorists.
Victorians have also been warned to secure loose items like outdoor furniture and trampolines.
‘This rain is due a trough ahead of a cold front that is dragging in tropical moisture from the northwest of Australia,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Craig McIntosh told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s going to hang around all day today but it should start to clear overnight and be gone by early Saturday morning.’
Last night Western Victoria was belted with rain.
Stawell was hit with 24.6mm of rain in under an hour between 3am and 4am, while Mount William recorded a 67.6mm deluge over 24 hours.
Three vehicles were damaged last night due to storms, when a large banksia branch dropped in Sydney. Pictured: A member from NSW SES Randwick Unit
Sydney is expected to see rain continue on Friday and over the weekend before a cold front rolls in on Tuesday
Other towns which copped heavy falls included Navarre with 53.6mm, Stawell with 52.8mm, Ballarat with 34mm, Westmere with 32.4mm, Warracknabeal with 31mm and Charlton with 21.2mm.
The State Emergency Service received about 60 call for assistance overnight.
A spokesperson told The Herald Sun 25 of those calls were for flooding and water coming through roofs.
A severe weather warning for heavy rain remains in place for north central, southwest and Wimmera regions.
Forecasters say it’s possible that up to 90mm of rain could hit some parts as the day goes on.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Wodonga, Stawell and Wangaratta are at risk of flash flooding.
Residents in north central Victoria are warned the rain on Friday (pictured) could lead to flash flooding
Onshore winds are driving showers across Sydney throughout today and over the weekend. Pictured: A couple caught in heavy rain on New Year’s even
Meanwhile, Sydney suffered its wettest day of the year so far yesterday with 19mm of rain falling in some parts.
More rain is also expected on Friday with a severe weather warning for heavy rain is in place for the Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western areas of NSW.
BoM has also issued flash flood warnings in areas around Wagga Wagga, Albury, Griffith, Narrandera, Cobar and Ivanhoe with falls between 40-70mm possible later today.
‘Onshore winds are driving showers across Sydney throughout today and over the weekend,’ Mr McIntosh said.
‘Then a cold front is expected to move in on Tuesday bringing heavier showers and possible storms to the Harbour City.’
Heavy falls are also possible in the ACT and Canberra where it will remain cloudy with a top of 19C.
The Bureau of Meteorology has also warned of severe weather in Far North Queensland as a tropical low moves east across Cape York Peninsula.
The weather event is ‘bringing heavy rainfall to the region’.
Storm clouds are seen over the Sydney skyline on January 4. Rain is forecast for the Harbour City after a heatwave
‘A Flood Watch and Severe Weather Warning are current,’ the bureau said.
‘Monsoon activity is expected to remain high for the coming days.’
A severe weather warning has also been issued for Western Australia’s Kimberley district as a tropical low lies about 100km west of Wyndham.
‘The low is expected to cause frequent showers and thunderstorms over the Kimberley for the next couple of days,’ the bureau said.
The state’s capital city, Perth, is enjoying sunny conditions for the remainder of the week with a high of 31C on Thursday and 34C forecast on Friday.
Pictured: A couple shelter together from the rain with a black umbrella
The Bureau of Meteorology has released flash flooding warnings for parts of Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia
A shower or two is forecast in Brisbane on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures reaching the high 20s.
The rain in the Queensland capital is likely to continue into next week with a possible shower forecast on Sunday and Monday.
South Australia has also copped the brunt of the rain, with Adelaide recording its wettest January day since 1977 with 29.8mm in the 24 hrs to 9am on Australia Day.
Early morning showers are also expected in the city on Friday morning, with a high of 27C, before the rain clears for the weekend.
A maximum of 21C is forecast in Hobart on Friday with rain developing, while Canberra will hit 20C with showers expected.
Darwin will be hot in the 30s with rain and a possible storm.
A radar image shows the storm moving in over Melbourne on Friday
WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY
Friday: Showers. Max 23
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 20 – Max 29
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 21 – Max 27
Monday: Possible shower. Min 21 – Max 28
Friday: Possible shower. Max 30
Saturday: Possible shower. Min 22 – Max 31
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 22 – Max 29
Monday: Possible shower. Min 22 – Max 29
Friday: Partly cloudy. Max 27
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 – Max 26
Sunday: Cloud clearing. Min 15 – Max 29
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 17 – Max 28
Friday: Rain. Possible heavy falls. Max 19
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 14 – Max 27
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 14 – Max 27
Monday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 29
Friday: Rain. Possible storm. Max 23
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 18 – Max 23
Sunday: Cloudy. Min 15 – Max 22
Monday: Humid. Late shower or two. Min 13 – Max 27
Friday: Sunny. Max 34
Saturday: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 35
Sunday: Sunny. Min 22 – Max 36
Monday: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 37
Friday: Late rain. Max 22
Saturday: Showers. Min 16 – Max 25
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 21
Monday: Possible late shower. Min 13 – Max 26
Friday: Rain. Possible storm. Max 30
Saturday: Rain. Possible storm. Min 25 – Max 30
Sunday: Rain. Possible storm. Min 25 Max 31
Monday: Rain. Possible storm. Min 24 – Max 30
Source: Bureau of Meteorology