Australia is exposed to 7 days of storms
A 1,400km storm is expected to batter much of Australia, with residents in two states warning of strong winds and giant hail.
The east coast of Australia is expected to see thunderstorms over the next few days. Sky New meteorologist Rob Sharpe says the weather will get “very dynamic”. “We will start to see more rain during Wednesday, across eastern NSW,” he added. “There are a few storms in Queensland as well.” Thursday is expected to see rainfall increase further across NSW with the potential for thunderstorms, most likely near the NSW-Queensland border.
A series of upper-level troughs are expected to bring rain and thunderstorms across the country this week and next.
The “dynamic” nature of the weather pattern means meteorologists have difficulty predicting where the rain will fall according to WeatherZone’s Ben Domencino, but Australians should expect the gloomy weather to last for up to 10 days.
He added: “At this stage, rain and storms are likely to affect part of each state and territory over the next seven days, with heavy falls likely for Queensland, New South Wales and central Australia.”
“Some thunderstorms next week are likely to become severe and heavy rains may cause flash flooding in some states.”
From Thursday, southern parts of Queensland and northern parts of New South Wales are likely to be affected, according to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Patch Clapp.
While the storms are likely to be fairly widespread, Mr Clapp warned that those who get hit will face some hectic weather.
Mr Clapp said the storms were likely to be fairly widespread, but those who do get hit could experience some severe weather and should look to park their cars underground.
He added: “There is a possibility that whatever happens will be large and severe.”
“Some annoying winds, gusting over 135 km, and maybe some giant hail as well.
“Although it will be really scattered and you may not be able to miss it on Thursday, it could be very intense where the storms blow.”
Residents in Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Brisbane have been warned they could be hit by thunderstorms on Thursday, with rain increasing into Friday.
Rain is expected as far south as Sydney, where a 1,400-kilometre-long storm front extends across south-eastern Australia, although the rain will not be as intense as in the north.
While the rain will be largely concentrated in New South Wales and Queensland, the bleak forecast also extends to parts of southern and eastern Victoria, most of South Australia, the Northern Territory, southwestern Australia and parts of Tasmania.
Melbourne is expected to remain out of the firing line with a 40 per cent chance of rain, while Adelaide residents can enjoy sunny skies on Thursday and Friday.
In brighter news, Clapp said NSW and Queensland residents could enjoy a less wet weekend before wet weather returns next week.
“It appears to have been largely settled in south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales,” he said.
While the rain is expected to ease on Saturday and Sunday, clouds are expected to persist and temperatures will reach 26 degrees Celsius in Sydney and Brisbane.
Elsewhere, Victoria and South Australia will enjoy a pleasant weekend with some clouds and a slight chance of rain with temperatures in the early to mid 20s.
The weather in Western Australia is expected to be hot and sunny with temperatures in the high 30s, Tasmania has a chance of rain on Saturday with highs reaching 20 degrees, and the Northern Territory can expect sunny and hot conditions.
Canberra is sunny and temperatures are approaching 30 degrees.
However, a new cold front is expected to move in from Monday, bringing fresh rain.
“Most forecast models indicate that this wet and stormy weather will continue into the first half of next week across a wide area of the east and north of the country,” Domicino said.
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