Australians on the east coast will be smashed by wild storms bringing 100m rain

Australians on the east coast will be smashed by wild


Australia’s east coast is bracing for huge storms over the weekend as a fierce weather system sweeps across the country and dumps rain in already swollen rivers.

The low pressure system is forecast to cross into South Australia on Saturday before intensifying over NSW on Sunday – bringing with it the risk of flash flooding and heavy rainfall.

Merimbula on the NSW far south coast could cop as much as 100mm of rain on Sunday as the warm weather gives way to heavy downpours. 

Sydney will bask in sunny 28C weather on Friday before being drenched by as much as 35mm of rain on Sunday.

Already swollen rivers in NSW are set to cop even more heavy rainfall over the weekend. Pictured is the Wyangala Dam on Monday as it spills after reaching 104 per cent capacity

Already swollen rivers in NSW are set to cop even more heavy rainfall over the weekend. Pictured is the Wyangala Dam on Monday as it spills after reaching 104 per cent capacity

The low pressure system is forecast to cross into South Australia on Saturday before intensifying over NSW on Sunday

The low pressure system is forecast to cross into South Australia on Saturday before intensifying over NSW on Sunday

The state’s central west has spent much of this week on edge, with the small town of Forbes on alert for major flooding as the Lachlan River reached 10m on Wednesday.

Melbourne will likely avoid the worst of the rainfall – receiving less than 20mm on Sunday – with the bulk of the low pressure system forecast to cross into NSW north of Victoria.

Eastern parts of the southern state though could see more rainfall, with Bairnsdale in the east Gippsland forecast to receive up to 35mm of rain

‘Widespread showers and storms today and tomorrow across WA and that will feed into a rain band through South Australia during Saturday,’ Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said. 

‘A deepening low pressure system will spiral through NSW generating heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding on Sunday.

‘The heaviest rain will be highly dependent on the position and movement of that low but there is the risk of further flooding as we head into next week.’ 

Homes and properties at risk of flooding are seen next to the swollen Lachlan River on November 16. The state's central west has spent much of this week on edge, with the small town of Forbes on alert for major flooding

Homes and properties at risk of flooding are seen next to the swollen Lachlan River on November 16. The state’s central west has spent much of this week on edge, with the small town of Forbes on alert for major flooding

The storm system comes as an Antarctic blast sweeps across Australia just two weeks before summer.

Melburnians endured their coldest four-day stretch in 167 years with temperatures stubbornly remaining below 15.5C from Friday to Monday. 

Tasmanians similarly shivered through their coldest November morning in 68 years on Monday as temperatures dropped to just 2.9C 

Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard said it had ‘certainly been quite a cold one’. 

Victoria’s coldest four-day stretch in 167 years

Friday: 14C

Saturday: 14.6C

Sunday: 15.3C

Monday: 13.5C 

Source: Weatherzone 

The weatherman said it was uncommon to see a cold front with this kind of strength in late spring and compared the temperatures to those usually seen in winter.

‘This has been brought on by a substantial cold front that met up with low pressure troughs and systems that were over Central Australia at the time,’ he explained. 

The meteorologist said cold air pushed from Antarctica to the southeast of Australia could be blamed for the unusually icy temperatures.

In Tasmania, bewildered residents rushed to capture the flurries of snow seen falling across Hobart, Mount Wellington, and Cygnet. 

One local uploaded footage from his balcony of snow covering southern Tasmania with the caption: ‘Snowing in Cygnet. Far out.’ 

Mr Pippard said snow had been recorded down to elevations of 350m with anything above that receiving hail or showers. 

He said Mount Wellington had its coldest November morning in 58 years on Monday, as the Antarctic blast saw temperatures fall to -5.8C.  

One video of the snow captured an adorable wombat plowing through the late spring snow on a roadside in Hobart. 

On top of the record-breaking string of frosty days in Victoria, the cold snap also saw snow fall across Mount Hotham. 

On top of the record-breaking string of frosty days in Victoria, the cold snap also saw snow fall across Mount Hotham (pictured, snow at the Hotham Alpine Resort)

On top of the record-breaking string of frosty days in Victoria, the cold snap also saw snow fall across Mount Hotham (pictured, snow at the Hotham Alpine Resort)

The Hotham Alpine Resort, nestled in the Victorian Alps, uploaded extraordinary footage of the thick snow blanketing the mountains. 

’10cm and counting! Is it mid-November or mid-winter? It’s set to keep snowing all night!,’ the resort captioned a Facebook post on Sunday.  

A layer of 20cm of snow covered the ski village during the storm leaving long icicles hanging off the rafters of buildings. 

Similar scenes were seen at the Thredbo Ski Resort in the NSW Snowy Mountains, with locals reporting 20cm of snow up high and 10cm in lower elevations. 

On Monday morning, the Thredbo top station recorded temperatures of -4.3C with gusts of wind approaching 100km/h. 

The apparent temperature – what it feels to be outside while factoring in wind speed, humidity and air temperature – was recorded at -20.1C. 

Weatherzone reported a mass of cold air has been driven over Australia’s southeast over the last few days by a strong low pressure system (pictured)

Weatherzone reported a mass of cold air has been driven over Australia’s southeast over the last few days by a strong low pressure system (pictured)

In Perisher, near the NSW town of Jindabyne in the state's southwest, 30cm of fresh snow was reported during a storm on Monday (pictured, Perisher Ski Resort covered in snow)

In Perisher, near the NSW town of Jindabyne in the state’s southwest, 30cm of fresh snow was reported during a storm on Monday (pictured, Perisher Ski Resort covered in snow)

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN YOUR CITY? 

CANBERRA: 

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Max 23

Friday: Possible shower. Min 13 – Max 22

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 – Max 18

Sunday: Showers. Min 12 – Max 19

BRISBANE:  

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 18 – Max 26

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 29

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 19 – Max 31

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 30

SYDNEY: 

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 14- Max 26

Friday: Possible shower. Min 19 – Max 28

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 18 – Max 24

Sunday: Showers. Min 18 – Max 24

DARWIN: 

Thursday: Showers with possible late storm. Min 27 – Max 36

Friday: Showers with a possible storm. Min 27 – Max 35

Saturday: Shower or two with a possible storm. Min 26 – Max 35

Sunday: Showers or two with a possible storm. Min 26 – Max 35

 PERTH: 

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 25

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 24

Saturday: Sunny. Min 12 – Max 26

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 23

ADELAIDE: 

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 19 – Max 29

Friday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 22

Saturday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 21

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 20

MELBOURNE: 

Thursday: Showers increasing. Min 13 – Max 25

Friday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 18

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 and Max 18

Sunday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 19

HOBART: 

Thursday: Showers developing. Min 9 – Max 16

Friday: Cloudy. Min 9 – Max 17

Saturday: Possible shower. Min 8 – Max 16

 

 

 



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