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Weather Sydney, Melbourne: Australia set to be hit by a storm this weekend

Parts of Australia set to be DRENCHED as wild weather moves east with heavy rain and thunderstorms on the way – so will your weekend be ruined by rain?

  • Series of intense thunderstorms are forecast for Melbourne on Friday afternoon 
  • Sydney will see some showers on Friday but a mostly cool and dry Saturday 
  • South Australia had torrential rain and floods as monsoon weather move south 
  • Perth is set to reach 40C on the weekend marking the twelfth day this summer  


Australia’s La Nina summer isn’t over yet with severe thunderstorm warnings expected to be issued for multiple states from Australia Day into the weekend.  

Australia’s east coast has endured weeks of wet and humid conditions thanks to the La Nina system while northern and central Australia have seen recordbreaking monsoon rains and Perth has been struck by a heatwave. 

But there’s more wild weather on the way with Melbourne expected to be hit with the most intense thunderstorms just as the weekend begins on Friday afternoon.

‘We’re anticipating issuing severe thunderstorms warnings everyday this week across multiple states,’ the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jonathan How said on Tuesday afternoon.

Melbourne is set to be hit with ‘nasty’ thunderstorms on Friday evening while Sydney will get a few showers (file image) 

‘Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding will be the primary threat but damaging winds and large hail are also possible,’ he said. 

South Australia has already seen torrential rain and flash flooding in the first half of this week as monsoon rains swept down through central Australia. 

Kimba, west of Whyalla on the Eyre Peninsula, has been drenched with more than 200mm worth of rain breaking a century long record. 

‘It’s being caused by very humid tropical air being dragged down from the north,’ Mr How said. 

Beaches around the country have been packed on Australia Day with most capital cities avoiding the rain (pictured: Bondi in January)

Beaches around the country have been packed on Australia Day with most capital cities avoiding the rain (pictured: Bondi in January) 

‘On Wednesday much of the rain and storms will be around the Victorian and South Australian border but on Thursday they will push further east into NSW and even Tasmania.’ 

‘By Friday the showers and storms will reach the east coast including Sydney and Melbourne will have its wettest day’. 

About 20-50mm of rain is expected over much of Victoria and southern NSW across Friday and Saturday. 

A rainfall map showing Melbourne expected to be directly hit with an intense thunderstorm right on Friday at 5pm (pictured)

A rainfall map showing Melbourne expected to be directly hit with an intense thunderstorm right on Friday at 5pm (pictured) 

The Bureau of Meteorology said weather warnings were expected to be issued each day this week (pictured: the Melbourne skyline)

The Bureau of Meteorology said weather warnings were expected to be issued each day this week (pictured: the Melbourne skyline) 

Temperature-wise Sydney should see the mercury reach the high 20s on the weekend while Melbourne will be a little warmer in the low 30s. 

Cooler breezes should then move through on Saturday providing some relief from the rain and muggy conditions in Melbourne and Sydney.

But Mr How said this would be a short respite with ‘another run’ of warm and humid conditions from Sunday. 

In the northern half of the country the monsoon season is still active with more drenching rain and flood warnings expected this week .

Kimba west of Whyalla in South Australia has been smashed with 200mm of rain which had led to widespread flooding this week (pictured)

Kimba west of Whyalla in South Australia has been smashed with 200mm of rain which had led to widespread flooding this week (pictured) 

Melbourne, Perth (pictured) and Adelaide have temperatures hitting the 30s on Wednesday while Sydney is in the 20s

Melbourne, Perth (pictured) and Adelaide have temperatures hitting the 30s on Wednesday while Sydney is in the 20s 

The heaviest rain will be along the Queensland coast between Townsville and Cairns with daily rainfall totals of between 100mm to 200mm.

Into next week a tropical low will form and move west which will see the much of the rain being dragged over the top half of Western Australia.

For the southern part of WA there will continue to be hot and dry conditions, however, with Perth expected to get another heatwave from Saturday to Monday.

At least one day is expected to reach at least 40C which will bring the summer total to 12 days above this temperature, breaking the previous record of seven days. 

A clean-up effort is underway in South Australia after the torrential rain and  flash flooding which one resident describe as like 'rapids' (pictured)

A clean-up effort is underway in South Australia after the torrential rain and  flash flooding which one resident describe as like ‘rapids’ (pictured) 

THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY

ADELAIDE

Wednesday Humid. Partly cloudy. Max31

Thursday Humid. Partly cloudy. Min 23 Max 31

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 20 Max 26

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 17 Max 28

MELBOURNE

Wednesday Humid. Possible shower developing. Max 35

Thursday Humid. Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 23 Max 34

Friday Humid. Showers, possible storm. Min 24 Max 30

Saturday Shower or two. Min 18 Max 25

HOBART

Wednesday Shower or two, clearing. Max 21

Thursday Humid. Shower or two. Min 16 Max 28

Friday Humid. Shower or two. Min 20 Max 27

Saturday Cloudy. Min 16 Max 20

CANBERRA

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Max 29

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 28

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 29

Saturday Shower or two. Min 18 Max 27

PERTH

Wednesday Sunny. Max 30

Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 17 Max 33

Friday Sunny. Min 17 Max 35

Saturday Very hot. Partly cloudy. Min 23 Max 39

SYDNEY

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Max 27

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 20 Max 28

Friday Mostly sunny. Min 20 Max 29

Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 21 Max 29

BRISBANE

Wednesday Shower or two. Max28

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 22 Max 30

Friday Shower or two. Min 21 Max 30

Saturday Possible shower. Min 21 Max 30

DARWIN

Wednesday Possible shower or storm. Max 33

Thursday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 33

Friday Showers. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 32

Saturday Showers. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 31

Source: Bureau of Meteorology. 

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