A storm system is set to hit major cities in Australia’s east while two cities swelter through heatwave-like conditions.
Two rain systems began in Australia’s west and east on Tuesday but have started spreading east, bringing rain to the coast.
‘In NSW, this system will bring scattered and widespread thunderstorms,’ she said.
‘Those have the potential for very heavy rain, large hail and damaging wind gusts.
‘Sydney also has a chance of deluges, which deliver rainfall exceeding 50mm within six hours.’
While the system is forecast to bring cloudy and rainy weather to the east for the remainder of the week, Thursday is expected to be the wettest.
‘Central and eastern NSW, including Sydney, can expect between 30 to 50mm of rain,’ Ms Hernandez said.
‘However, thunderstorms will bring higher rainfalls to some regions by the end of today.
‘For Sydney, the rainfall looks like it will be heaviest in the city’s west.
‘The Hunter, Central Tablelands and Illawarra could also see heavy rain.’
Storms forecast in the east have the potential for millions of lightning strikes, increasing the chance of bushfires.
Sydney is forecast to stay cloudy on Friday before drying up for a sunny Saturday with a top of 32C.
Canberra could also face storms on Thursday with cloudy conditions hanging around through to Sunday.
Hobart is set to see showers on Thursday from the tail end of the eastern rain system.
Friday in the Tasmanian capital is expected to be mostly sunny before rain gathers back over the city on Saturday.
Melbourne saw it’s hottest spring day of the year so far earlier this week, followed by showers at the end of the Melbourne Cup celebrations.
Skies over the city are expected to stay grey through to Sunday alongside massively differing temperatures.
The maximum temperature for Thursday is forecast at 22C before a top of 31C on Friday.
That maximum will dip back down to 25C on Saturday and 18C on Sunday.
Adelaide will also see sweltering conditions on Friday with a top of 37C coupled with clear skies.
Brisbane could see it’s last day of full sunshine for the week on Thursday with cloudy conditions forecast from Friday to Sunday.
Darwin’s wet season has well and truly begun with storms forecast through to Sunday with high temperatures in the low 30Cs.
Perth is forecast to see cloudy conditions on Thursday and Friday before the skies partially clear on Saturday.
FOUR-DAY FORECAST FOR CAPITAL CITIES
Thursday Partly cloudy. Max 24
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 24
Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 13 Max 29
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 27
Thursday Mostly sunny. Max 29
Friday Sunny. Min 15 Max 37
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 24
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 23
Thursday Cloud clearing. Max 22
Friday Cloud clearing. Min 13 Max 31
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 20 Max 25
Sunday Cloudy. Min 12 Max 18
Thursday Shower or two. Max 22
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 13 Max 25
Saturday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 19
Sunday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 17
Thursday Showers. Possible storm. Max 23
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 28
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 32
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 31
Thursday Shower or two. Max 27
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 17 Max 27
Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 18 Max 29
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 30
Thursday Mostly sunny. Max 27
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 18 Max 27
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 27
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 18 Max 28
Thursday Shower or two. Possible storm. Max 32
Friday Possible storm. Min 26 Max 32
Saturday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 33
Sunday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 Max 32
Source: Bureau of Meteorology