BOM issues severe weather warning for most of the country

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Australians hoping for a sunny weekend should instead whip out their umbrellas or stay indoors as a 2000km band of rain moves across the country.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for Western Australia, NSW and the ACT, Victoria and Tasmania.

Meteorologist Sarah Scully from the Bureau of Meteorology said extensive bands of cloud and rain moved from the Kimberley in WA across central Australia towards western Victoria.

“It extends over 2000km across the land,” Ms Scully said.

“The band of rain is being dragged eastward by a cold front that is pushing across the country.”

Ms Scully said east coast residents should expect the rain to continue into the weekend, with forecast rainfall totals varying.

“Generally, we are expecting around 5-15mm, which will increase to 20-30mm in central parts of Victoria and southern parts of NSW today,” he said.

“And then, of course, that heavier rainfall where there’s severe weather warnings across north-east Victoria.”

Sky News weather forecaster Rob Sharpe said Victoria and Tasmania would feel the brunt of wet weather over the next few days.

“The rain will move over South Australia during the day (Thursday) and calm down in Adelaide by early afternoon,” Sharpe said.

“Attention then shifts to Victoria and Tasmania with wet weather slowly increasing for these two states through today.”

Victory

Dangerous winds and heavy rain are also forecast for parts of Victoria, including parts of the Central, East, South West, North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland forecast districts and the Wimmera.

“It’s not just rain that is associated with this feature. It also brought some really gusty winds, particularly in the south-eastern parts of the country,” Ms Scully said.

“There is currently a high wind warning for elevated parts of Victoria and also for the Otways and far eastern Tasmania, where wind gusts in excess of 100km/h have already been observed.

Ms Scully said heavy rain would continue until Friday morning.

“We’re looking at our hourly rainfall totals of 50-70mm, so these rainfall rates are enough to potentially lead to some flash flooding,” he said.

“It is important for the community, particularly our residents across Victoria, in the elevated areas of Victoria, and also towards the Otways and parts of Tasmania where severe weather warnings are in place, to stay up to date with the latest forecasts from the Office and warnings.”

In Melbourne the maximum temperature will be 16 degrees on Friday and 14 degrees on Saturday.

New South Wales

A severe weather warning for damaging winds of up to 90km/h is also in place for parts of the Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains, ACT, South Coast and South West Slopes forecast districts.

“A vigorous cold front is approaching from the west of the state and will advance across the state today and Friday, clearing Friday evening,” the Bureau said.

“Northwest winds will strengthen ahead of the system today with storms developing over the highest parts of the Snowy Mountain District starting this afternoon.”

Winds are expected to ease by early Friday afternoon.

Sydney will see up to a 90% chance of rain and a high of 22 degrees on Friday, with rainfall increasing to a 95% chance and a high of 20 degrees on Saturday.

Tasmania

A strong damaging wind warning is also in place for the King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, Central North, Central Plateau and Midlands districts.

Strong gusty winds are expected across Tasmania on Friday.

Queensland

Further north in Queensland, rain is also forecast on Friday and Saturday, with a 70% and 90% chance of rain on Friday and Saturday respectively in Brisbane.

Those planning to run the Brisbane Marathon may find they need a towel or wellies to tackle Sunday’s race.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to reach 25 degrees on Friday and 24 degrees on Saturday.

Western Australia

Perth is expected to continue to receive heavy rainfall despite the rain band moving eastwards.

The bureau is forecasting up to 20mm of rain on Saturday, with a high of 23 degrees.

south of Australia

Adelaide will have heavy rain on Friday, with a 100% chance of rainfall forecast for the capital and a high of 17 degrees on Friday.

The weather will improve slightly on Saturday, with up to 1mm of rain forecast.

Winter forecast

Meanwhile, the Bureau also released its long-range forecast for the winter.

Long-term forecasts show above-average rainfall is likely for some south-central and western parts of Australia in the colder months.

For the rest of the country, residents can expect more typical rainfall for the season.

There is an increased chance of above-average precipitation for:

  • Parts of the north-west and north-east pastoral districts of South Australia
  • Parts of west-central Western Australia
  • Northern tropical coast and southwestern Queensland
  • The far north-west of New South Wales

The Bureau predicts that Australia is very likely to experience higher temperatures than usual at this time of year.

It comes after a warmer than usual autumn for most of Australia and has brought very dry conditions to the country’s far south and south-west Western Australia.

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