Australia’s east coast is bracing for wild weather with Sydney expected to be lashed by torrential rain while a cyclone brews off Queensland, with storms forecast throughout the next few days.
Sydneysiders are being urged to take caution on the roads with the city set to be deluged by half a month’s rain today.
Forecasters predict that certain parts of the city could receive between 60 to 80mm of rain – the amount that would generally fall during one half to three quarters of March.
The heaviest falls are expected to start around 9am and continue to around midday, before easing during the afternoon and then picking up again as dusk falls.
Thunderstorms, gusty winds and even hail are possibilities as warm air is pushed down the coast from the northern tropics.
“We are expecting rainfall around the central parts of the NSW coast developing late Thursday, continuing through the night and into Friday morning,” Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Elli Blandford told 9news.com.au yesterday.
“A coastal trough is forming which is pushing humid air down from the tropics, creating a moist atmosphere which increases precipitation.
“Roads and some watercourses could become dangerous during this time, but at this point it’s hard to pinpoint which exact areas will see the most rainfall.”
Meanwhile, meteorologists are monitoring a potential cyclone currently situated near Papua New Guinea.
BOM forecaster Michael Gray said while the system was currently not a threat to Queensland, meteorologists were keeping a close eye on it regardless.
Mr Gray said it was impossible to predict the path of the system and it was a case of wait and watch at this stage.
The Sunshine State is, however, expected to be hit by possible thunderstorms and rain over the next few days.
The storm system could bring heavy falls over the next few days with the Darling Downs and Lockyer Valley potentially in the firing line today.
Brisbane is not expected to be hit today, however the Queensland capital could be in for storms tomorrow and into the weekend.
“There is the chance of heavy falls later in this week and into the weekend with parts of the southeast expecting around 20mm of rain,” Mr Gray said.
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