Wild weather conditions are expected to lash parts of Australia in the coming days as torrential rain and gale-force winds sweep across the nation’s south – but Sydney and Brisbane can expect to bask in a surprising bout of sunshine.
A severe weather warning for Western Australia’s southwest, including Perth, remains in place – with dangerous winds, damaging surf and abnormally high tides expected to batter the region this week.
Southern states including Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania are expected to see a series of cold fronts over the next few days which will bring gusts of winds of up to 110km/h and heavy rainfall.
While the nation’s south shivers through a cold snap, Sydney and Brisbane are set to enjoy sunny weather with clear skies and tops of 19 and 26 respectively on Friday.
Perth has seen around 80mm of rainfall in the past seven days but the sodden conditions show no sign of relenting as the city is set to see storms and around 15mm on Tuesday alone.
‘There’s a strong cold front which is moving through southwest Western Australia,’ a meteorologist for Bureau of Meterology told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The weather warning is expected to stay for the rest of today and partially tomorrow.
‘But WA can expect a break from the adverse weather later tomorrow.’
The meteorologist described the weather in WA as ‘wild’ over the past few days.
‘They’ve had more rainfall in the last five days than they’ve had in the first five months of the year.’
The wild weather battering the south is also expected to bring thunderstorms and hail with moderate to heavy rainfall also expected to bring between 20 and 35 millimetres along the west coast, south of Geraldton.
Damaging surf conditions could cause beach erosion between Denham and Israelite Bay.
Meanwhile storms are heading for the southern states.
‘South Australia can expect a cold front tonight that’ll cause rain and storms overnight,’ the meteorologist said.
‘The rain and storms will then move into Tasmania and Victoria.’
Launceston in Tasmania could see up to 30mm of rain on Wednesday, while further south 8mm could fall on Hobart.
Adelaide and Melbourne could cop as much as 20mm on Wednesday with chilly temperatures sweeping through the city.
Those in Adelaide will see highs in the mid-teens ad a low of 9C, while Melbourne will enjoy a top of 18C, though a low of 8C.
Bendigo, north-west of Melbourne, is set to be drenched in 35mm of rain, just short of its June monthly total of 45mm.
The forecast comes after damaging winds have lashed parts of the state, with the worst over for Victoria’s alpine region.
A 113km/h wind gust has been recorded at Mt William about 1.40am while a 107km/h gust ripped through Mt Buller about 8.30am.
‘The worst is over but there is still a risk. The trend will be for it to ease as the afternoon progresses,’ weather bureau senior meteorologist Dean Stewart said.
Brisbane, Darwin and Broome will enjoy warmer mostly sunny weather – with Brisbane enjoying highs of up to 25 degrees.
Sydney and Canberra are also forecast to see a relief from the winter weather with both cities expected to see bouts of sunshine and sporadic bursts of rain.
The mercury is expected to top 24C in Sydney on Wednesday while the lows will linger in the mid-teens.
The unseasonably warm weather is due to winds pushing heat in from northern parts of Australia – but the hotter spell could be about to come to an abrupt end with a fast moving front passing over Canberra on Monday.
Looking further ahead, the maximum temperatures in Canberra should remain a couple of degrees above-average, at least until the next front moves through on Thursday.
This front should bring colder air through and drop temperatures even further, with minimum temperatures possibly dropping below zero by next weekend.