Wet summer to continue as tropical storms, heavy rain to hit east coast

Huge storm system strikes Australia – so when will the rain finally end? Here’s how it is looking in your city

  • Cyclone to bring tropical storms, heavy rain, moves towards nation’s east coast
  • Ex-tropical cyclone Ellie caused the worst flooding emergency in WA’s history 
  • Heavy rains up to 50mm, to ‘deteriorate a fair bit’ as it moves across the country 
  • Warming up over the weekend, reaching high 20s in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

A ‘severe storm outbreak’ is continuing across Sydney and up the east coast into Queensland, with more wild weather on the way as a damaging weather system moves across from the nation’s northwest.

Ex-tropical cyclone Ellie will begin to move across the country on Friday from its current position over northern Western Australia, where it has caused the worst flooding emergency in the state’s history.

Thousands of residents and visitors have been stranded in Broome, which has been cut off by floodwater, while a flood watch has been put in place for the Sandy Desert, Tanami Desert and Western Desert regions.

The Bureau of Meteorology said ex-TC Ellie was currently just inland of Broome and moving slowly, but would soon take off.

Aerial images showing the extent of the Fitzroy River flooding in northern WA, where ex-tropical cyclone Ellie has brought torrential rainfall

Aerial images showing the extent of the Fitzroy River flooding in northern WA, where ex-tropical cyclone Ellie has brought torrential rainfall

Where has summer gone? Sydney and Brisbane are being hammered by heavy rain as evacuations continue from Western Australia's worst flooding on record

Where has summer gone? Sydney and Brisbane are being hammered by heavy rain as evacuations continue from Western Australia’s worst flooding on record

‘It will then rapidly move to the southeast across the southern Kimberley and North Interior during Friday, before reaching the WA/NT border in the Tanami Desert and Western Desert on Saturday,’ the Bureau said.

‘Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast across the Flood Watch area, with 50 to 80mm and isolated totals of 120mm possible on Friday and Saturday.’

‘Heavy rainfall will result in significant river level rises and flooding of low-lying areas.’

 ‘Some roads and possibly secondary highways are likely to be affected and communities may become isolated.’

Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said Ellie would ‘deteriorate a fair bit’ as it travelled across the country, but would still lead to heavy rainfall of about 50mm in Townsville and Mackay, and as far south as Rockhampton.

‘Its tropical moisture will move all the way into Queensland, maybe far northern NSW as well, with the risk of some heavy rainfall next week as that moisture lingers on,’ Mr Sharpe said.

The Fitzroy River flooded in northern Western Australia as a result of ex-tropical cyclone Ellie

The Fitzroy River flooded in northern Western Australia as a result of ex-tropical cyclone Ellie

Severe storms would continue in Sydney on Friday, particularly in the Blue Mountains area, he said.

As the storms roll up the coast towards northern NSW and southeast Queensland, the weather in Sydney will improve, with sunny days of 25C and 27C forecast for Sunday and Monday after a Saturday with a medium chance of showers.

Canberrans have avoided the storm outbreak, with partly cloudy conditions forecast over the weekend and maximum temperatures building to a peak of 27C on Sunday.

Sydney is said to experience severe storms on Friday, particularly in the Blue Mountains area

Sydney is said to experience severe storms on Friday, particularly in the Blue Mountains area 

It is set to warm up over the weekend in Sydney, with sunny days of 25C and 27C forecast into next week

It is set to warm up over the weekend in Sydney, with sunny days of 25C and 27C forecast into next week

The next four days in Melbourne will bring some of the city’s best weather all summer, with sunny days of 30C and 33C on Saturday and Sunday, followed by 29C on Monday.

Conditions will not be as warm in Hobart, but the Tasmanian capital will remain dry, with temperatures of 19C, 23C and 26C from Friday to Sunday, which will also be the sunniest day for the weekend.

Heavy rains are said move into Queensland, far northern NSW as the cyclone moves towards the nation's north-east

Heavy rains are said move into Queensland, far northern NSW as the cyclone moves towards the nation’s north-east

Summer temperatures are set to return early next week as the heavy rain and topical storms are said to pass over the weekend

Summer temperatures are set to return early next week as the heavy rain and topical storms are said to pass over the weekend

Adelaide will be bone-dry over the weekend amid stinking hot conditions, with Saturday and Sunday to bring maximum temperatures of 36C and 37C respectively, while light winds tend north-easterly across the city, according to the Bureau.

Perth residents could be forgiven for being oblivious to the wild conditions in Western Australia’s north, with dry conditions ranging between 29C and 33C over the weekend and almost no rain in sight, except for a slight 10 per cent chance of a thunderstorm late on Tuesday.

Where has summer gone? Sydney and Brisbane are being hammered by heavy rain as evacuations continue from Western Australia's worst flooding on record

Where has summer gone? Sydney and Brisbane are being hammered by heavy rain as evacuations continue from Western Australia’s worst flooding on record

Temperatures are set to return to high 20Cs and early 30Cs early next week, with Adelaide reaching a scorching temperature of 37C

Temperatures are set to return to high 20Cs and early 30Cs early next week, with Adelaide reaching a scorching temperature of 37C

Darwin’s next seven days all feature possible storms and maximum temperatures in the low 30s, but the heaviest rain will come on Friday as ex-TC Ellie remains influential in the region.

Up to 25mm could fall on Friday, while Saturday has a lower chance of morning and afternoon showers and possible rainfall of only up to 8mm.

Brisbane will also likely be unaffected by the movement of Ellie next week, with partly cloudy conditions and temperatures of 30C for the next few days before a moderate chance of showers later in the week around Thursday.

Five day forecast across country

Sydney:

Friday: Min 16C, Max 23C. Winds 20 to 40km/h. Showers 3 to 15mm of rain

Saturday: Min 18C, Max 24C. Winds 20 to 30 km/h. Shower or two 0 to 6mm of rain 

Sunday: Min 17C, Max 26C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Partly cloudy.

Monday: Min 17C, Max 29C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Sunny.

Tuesday: Min 17C, Max 27C. Winds 15 to 25km/h. Partly cloudy. 

Brisbane:

Friday: Min 21C, Max 29C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Partly cloudy

Saturday: Min 20C, Max 29C. Winds 15 to 25 km/h. Partly cloudy 

Sunday: Min 20C, Max 29C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Partly cloudy

Monday: Min 21C, Max 31C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Partly cloudy

Tuesday: Min 21C, Max 31C. 15 to 20km/h. Partly cloudy.

Adelaide: 

Friday: Min 15C, Max 31C. Winds 15 to 40km/h. Sunny

Saturday: Min 19C, Max 36C. Winds 15 to 25 km/h. Sunny

Sunday: Min 22C, Max 36C. Winds 15 to 25km/h. Sunny

Monday: Min 16C, Max 28C. Winds 20 to 35km/h. Partly cloudy

Tuesday: Min 15C, Max 30C. Winds 20 to 30km/h. Sunny. 

Canberra:

Friday: Min 9C, Max 21C. Winds 15 to 30km/h. Partly cloudy

Saturday: Min 9C, Max 23C. Winds 15 to 25 km/h. Partly cloudy

Sunday: Min 9C, Max 27C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Partly cloudy

Monday: Min 11C, Max 32C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Sunny 

Tuesday: Min 12C, Max 31C. Winds 20 to 30km/h. Mostly sunny. 

Melbourne:

Friday: Min 13C, Max 26C. Winds 15 to 30km/h. Mostly sunny 

Saturday: Min 13C, Max 29C. Winds 15 to 30 km/h. Sunny

Sunday: Min 15C, Max 33C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Sunny

Monday: Min 19C, Max 27C. Winds 15 to 35km/h. Partly cloudy

Tuesday: Min 16C, Max 22C. Winds 20 to 30km/h. Cloudy. 

Perth:

Friday: Min 23C, Max 32C. Winds 15 to 45km/h. Partly cloudy

Saturday: Min 13C, Max 29C. Winds 15 to 35 km/h. Sunny 

Sunday: Min 16C, Max 31C. Winds 15 to 35km/h. Sunny

Monday: Min 18C, Max 36C. Winds 20 to 30km/h. Sunny.

Tuesday: Min 23C, Max 35C. Winds 15 to 25km/h. Sunny. 

Hobart:

Friday: Min 11C, Max 19C. Winds 15 to 20km/h. Cloudy

Saturday: Min 12C, Max 22C. Winds 20 to 30 km/h. Cloudy

Sunday: Min 12C, Max 25C. Winds 15 to 25km/h. Partly cloudy

Monday: Min 14C, Max 24C. Winds 20 to 30km/h. Possible shower  0 to 1mm of rain 

Tuesday: Min 13C, Max 18C. Winds 15C to 25C. Cloudy 

Darwin: 

Friday: Min 25C, Max 31C. Winds 25 to 35km/h. Showers, possible storm 3 to 25mm of rain

Saturday: Min 25C, Max 32C. Winds 25 to 35 km/h. Shower or two, possible storm 0 to 6mm of rain

Sunday: Min 25C, Max 32C. Winds 20 to 30km/h. Shower or two, possible storm 0 to 3mm of rain

Monday: Min 26C, Max 32C. Winds 15 to 25km/h. Shower or two, possible storm 0 to 1mm of rain

Tuesday: Min 26C, Max 33C. Winds 15 to 25km/h. Possible shower or storm. 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

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