East Coast of Australia set for Friday soaking

east coast of australia set for friday soaking

Weather system tracking north into Queensland

The East Coast of Australia could be dumped with heavy rainfall from Queensland to New South Wales as two weather systems loom over the coming weekend.

A powerful low pressure is moving towards New South Wales and Queensland, while a coastal trough is making its way south along Australia’s East Coast, according to meteorology service Weatherzone.

It could bring rainfalls of up to 300mm on Friday and Saturday for South East Queensland and Eastern NSW, days after powerful storms hit Victoria and Tasmania.

east coast of australia set for friday soaking

Heavy rainfall is on the way for Australia’s east coast. The dark purple patch indicates heavy rainfall over three days.

The heaviest rainfalls could exceed 200-300 mm, most likely for Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra regions.

Some models suggest as much as 150mm could fall in just 6 hours, with severe thunderstorms also possible.

There are currently 11 flood warnings for rivers in Queensland

Minor wind warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology are in place in NSW and Victoria.

The system is currently moving across NSW and will bring a few “wet and stormy” days for parts of south-east Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales, according to Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Dean Narramore.

“Then another system is going to come in and combine with that to reinvigorate rain and storms across south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales on Thursday and then spread across much of New South Wales on Friday and Saturday.”

He said the region could expect isolated falls in excess of 100mm with isolated flash flooding risk as well as gusty winds and possible big swells.

“If a deep low develops and sits near the coast, we could see even heavier falls and stronger winds,” he said, adding that was one of many scenarios and forecasters would have a clearer picture in the coming days.

east coast of australia set for friday soaking

Heavy rainfall brought down falls in excess of 50mm in Melbourne, tearing down trees and flooding streets.

Similar downpours were seen numerous times in 2022, which was Sydney’s wettest year on record.

The storms are linked to a low-pressure system that is now sweeping over Tasmania.

Strong wind warnings remain in place for much of Victoria, although the threat of further severe weather has passed, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Damaging wind gusts of up to 90km/h are expected across parts of regional Victoria and Melbourne from this evening.

Areas in the Central Coast, Gippsland, Port Phillip, Western Port and the Western Coast are expected to be impacted.

Sheep graziers in Gippsland have also been warned over rain and cold temperatures that could harm their flocks.

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