The summer of soaking: Eastern states prepare for a battering of rain over the weekend – but there is good news to come
- Rain and cloudy conditions predicted for the majority of Australian east coast
- Melbourne residents will see a low of just 11 degrees on Saturday, 12 on Sunday
- Sydney will endure rain on Saturday, and overcast cloudy conditions tomorrow
With summer officially drawing to a close on Sunday, the eastern states of Australia are preparing for a battering of rain over the next couple of days.
But in welcome news, the downpour is then expected to clear in most parts of the east coast by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Sydney will endure showers for most of Saturday, with the clouds only set to briefly disappear on Sunday as the mercury rises to a maximum of 28 degrees.
Brisbane, renowned for its hot weather and humidity, will reach a maximum temperature of 31 degrees – with clouds also predicted all weekend.
A jogger (pictured above) runs past the Sydney Harbour Bridge during wet weather at Circular Quay in Sydney
In Melbourne, jumpers will be worn by many, with temperatures as low as 11 degrees on Saturday. Tomorrow is poised to be equally cold, with a low temperature of 12 degrees expected.
Notoriously cold Canberra will reach a maximum of 26 degrees on Saturday, before dropping to 20 degrees for the last day of summer.
Tasmania will be a chilly 10 degrees on Saturday before rising to 12 degrees on Sunday, with partly cloudy conditions forecast for the entire weekend.
Jackson Browne, from the Bureau of Meteorology, revealed the heaviest falls in the country up to 9am on Saturday.
‘Caroda in NSW recorded 80.8mm of rain, with showers and thunderstorms expected to continue across north east NSW and southern Queensland,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Looking forward to the next few days, a southerly wind change looks to sweep across NSW early next week, with a ridge of high pressure extending across the east.
‘This will bring stable weather conditions to most of the state, barring some lingering thunderstorm activity in the northeast.
‘In Queensland, a slow-moving inland trough will trigger showers and thunderstorms during the next few days, with a firm ridge up the Queensland coast.
‘Flood warnings are also predicted in some areas, particularly in the northern Coral Sea off the coast of far north Queensland.’
The gloomy east coast 48 hour forecast comes as weather experts predicted more of the same in Autumn, which starts on Monday.
La Nina is expected to see the rain continue across the east coast of Australia in Autumn
Experts are predicting rainfall to be a constant across the east coast – following a very wet summer
The nation has shivered through its coolest and wettest summer in five years and experts said there will be no sign of a reprieve in the coming months as the La Nina weather system clicks into gear.
Bureau of Meteorology climatologist Dr Andrew Watkins said the atmospheric phenomenon will keep the rain falling in March and April – particularly on the east coast.
Temperatures this summer were the coolest since 2012 – only rising above average in Queensland and the west coast of Western Australia.
December was the third wettest since national records began in 1900, Dr Watkins also revealed.
‘Autumn rainfall is expected to be wetter than average across large Eastern parts of Australia, particularly in March and April,’ he said.
Above average rainfall is also expected in dry areas of Queensland, while the rest of Australia will enjoy generally normal levels.
FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
SATURDAY: Min 19. Max 26. Possible shower.
SUNDAY: Min 20. Max 28. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 20. Max 31. Mostly sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 19. Max 25. Possible shower.
WEDNESDAY: Min 17. Max 23. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Min 23. Max 31. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 23. Max 31. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 23. Max 32. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 23. Max 34. Possible shower.
WEDNESDAY: Min 23. Max 29. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Min 13. Max 28. Sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 15. Max 27. Sunny.
MONDAY: Min 14. Max 26. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 25. Mostly sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 26. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Sunny.
MONDAY: Min 13. Max 31. Sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 25. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 24. Partly cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 298 Mostly sunny.
MONDAY: Min 15. Max 21. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 12. Max 17. Cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Partly cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 17. Max 31. Mostly sunny.
SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 31. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 17. Max 28. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 17. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 19. Max 27. Partly cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 10. Max 20. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 22. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 14. Max 22. Showers easing.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Windy. Cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 9. Max 19. Cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Partly cloudy.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology