Date: 2021-10-10 21:33:45
Australia’s east coast will be soaked with rain that is forecast to last until Friday, with Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne among the cities that are in for a wet week.
Northeastern NSW will be one of the hardest-hit areas, with the Northern Rivers region set to be drenched with up to 100mm or “more than a month’s worth of rain in the space of a few days” according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Regions including Byron, Ballina, Tweed and Lismore will cop the brunt of the rain.
“In that area we typically see an average monthly rainfall of about 50mm, but this week we will see a total of 100mm which is a massive downpour,” duty meteorologist Hugh McDowell told NCA NewsWire.
In NSW, the weather threatens to rain on the parade of the state reopening following the 70 per cent vaccination target being reached.
Severe thunderstorms are also predicted for some parts of NSW.
Sydney endured heavy rain on Sunday and that will linger until Saturday, with Monday the first day residents who have had two Covid-19 jabs can go to pubs, restaurants and shops.
Temperatures will also drop, sitting in the low to mid-teens all week.
“Sydney will cop a steady downpour of about 5mm to 10mm of rain each day after receiving about 25mm on Sunday,” Mr McDowell said.
The bureau has issued several severe weather warnings for NSW, including minor flood watches for the Lachlan and Murray rivers.
“A cool change is moving across the state bringing showery rain and some thunderstorms. Some storms may become severe in the east and moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to build up in the northeast on Monday and Tuesday with a chance of flooding,” the BOM posted on Twitter.
A cool change is moving across the state bringing showery rain and some thunderstorms. Some storms may become severe in the E and moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to build up in the NE on Monday and Tuesday with a chance of flooding. #Warnings: https://t.co/Q7ObR8SMvhpic.twitter.com/rmVakHKTrh
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) October 10, 2021
In Victoria, rain has already begun in Melbourne on Monday and, with the exception of a sunny Tuesday, is predicted to linger until Saturday.
In Canberra, the rain is due to move in on Wednesday and settle until the weekend.
In Queensland, BOM meteorologist Rickus Lombard said storm activity would focus on the southeastern part of the state, hitting on Wednesday.
Showers should last from Tuesday until Friday.
“Wednesday will be the day for the southeast to get those heavy falls,” Mr Lombard said.
There is also potential for severe thunderstorms.
Rain and storms for our west and south from Sunday to Tuesday. Video current 1.30pm AEST 9 October 2021.
Know your weather. Know your risk. For the latest forecasts and warnings, go to our website https://t.co/IUocNwuMtb or the #BOMWeather app. pic.twitter.com/8LhpqfK7F0
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) October 9, 2021