Weather forecast this weekend in Australia: Storms expected in NSW and Victoria, flood warnings


Australians are being told to enjoy the last bits of sunshine as a dire forecast is expected to ruin weekend plans.

A rain bomb is expected to hit South Australia on Saturday morning, before moving across to Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland over the weekend.

The heaviest showers are expected to hit Melbourne and the north eastern parts of the state on Sunday, putting multiple towns back on flood watch.

The wet weather forecast has also thrown the T20 World Cup final into doubt –  scheduled for the MCG on Sunday – with the possibility of the match being postponed until Monday.

Australians are being told to enjoy the sunshine while they can as a dire forecast looks to ruin weekend plans

In both Victoria and NSW wet weather is set to smash the states across the weekend

In both Victoria and NSW wet weather is set to smash the states across the weekend

The wet weather forecast has put the T20 World Cup final scheduled for the MCG on Sunday in doubt, with the possibility of the match being postponed until Monday a realistic possibility

The International Cricket Council (ICC) are looking at options such as adding an extra two hours of play, to give the teams a bigger window to take the field and complete the minimum 10 overs each side required to play for a result to be recorded.

Should 10 overs not be completed by both teams, Pakistan and England would share the trophy.

The weather bureau is also forecasting showers for Monday, with up to 10mm of rain predicted and a chance of a thunderstorm.

The wet weather is expected to cause moderate to major flooding across Victoria, with up to 90 millimetres of rain forecast for some areas. 

There is also a major flood warning in place for the Murray River, with fears water levels could rise to around the same level as the devastating 1975 floods in low-lying areas such as Mildura, Robinvale, Boundary Bend and Wakool Junction.

Forecasters expect above average rainfall in Victoria to persist for another six to eight weeks.

A sunny Saturday is in store for Sydney before storms sweep the state on Sunday

A sunny Saturday is in store for Sydney before storms sweep the state on Sunday

Forecasters expect above average rainfall in Victoria to persist for another six to eight weeks

Forecasters expect above average rainfall in Victoria to persist for another six to eight weeks

While in NSW flood-prone areas have also been put on notice with rainfall and thunderstorms expected.

‘This rainfall is combining with already saturated catchments and full river systems which will unfortunately lead to more flooding across many parts,’ NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said on Friday.

‘We are expecting renewed minor to major flooding to levels experienced over the last few weeks.’

Major flood warnings are in place for the Barwon, Darling, Macquarie, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray, Bogan, Namoi, Narran and Culgoa rivers.

More than 90 hazard alerts are current across the state, with evacuation orders in place for central western Condobolin, Collarenebri in the northwest and the Alice Edwards Village at Bourke.

Australians are being told to enjoy the last bits of sunshine as a dire forecast is expected to ruin weekend plans

Australians are being told to enjoy the last bits of sunshine as a dire forecast is expected to ruin weekend plans

In NSW flood-prone areas have also been put on notice with rainfall and thunderstorms expected, with more than 90 hazard alerts in place across the state

The SES has warned people to be on guard for landslips and falling trees, as some areas are expected to experience flash flooding from short bursts of rain.

Weatherzone’s Ben Domensino said the most intense storm activity will hang over South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. 

‘All of the ingredients will be in place for dangerous thunderstorms in part of southern and eastern Australia this weekend,’ he said.

The miserable weather conditions are due to cold air sweeping across southern Australia, combined with a surge of powerful winds.

‘This cold air aloft will significantly increase the instability of the atmosphere, while the strong upper-level winds will enhance wind shear and increase the risk of supercells and tornadoes,’ the meteorologist said.

Weather maps show how the system will move across the country's east, dropping most rainfall on Sunday across Victoria, NSW and QLD's inner regions (above)

Weather maps show how the system will move across the country’s east, dropping most rainfall on Sunday across Victoria, NSW and QLD’s inner regions (above) 

Australia's eastern states will receive severe storms over the weekend as meteorologists say the atmospheric conditions are perfect for wild weather (above, a lightning bolt strikes behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge)

Australia’s eastern states will receive severe storms over the weekend as meteorologists say the atmospheric conditions are perfect for wild weather (above, a lightning bolt strikes behind the Sydney Harbour Bridge)

Flood-affected communities will feel no reprieve, as the Bureau of Meteorology warns the deluge could take some recovering waterways back to moderate and major flooding levels (above, a Sydneysider carries an umbrella)

Flood-affected communities will feel no reprieve, as the Bureau of Meteorology warns the deluge could take some recovering waterways back to moderate and major flooding levels (above, a Sydneysider carries an umbrella)

A heavy band of rain will stretch the length of the country and move eastward across the Top End, South Australia, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania over the weekend – with the worst of the weather to hit on Sunday.

Inland NSW and Queensland will bear most of the deluge, while the added threat of ‘supercells’ has meteorologists worried. 

‘While regular thunderstorms usually live for tens of minutes, supercells can go on for hours,’ Mr Domesino said.

‘Their rotation also allows supercells to move in different direction to other surrounding storm cells, which makes them very difficult to predict ahead of time. Some supercells can also produce tornadoes.’ 

The wild weather conditions could also lead to flash flooding around parts of Queensland, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia this week. 

The BoM has also warned temperatures will be ‘well below’ the November average, with Adelaide to reach a top of just 18C on Monday. 

Sydney's (above) run of sun will end over the weekend as showers will blanket the Harbour City, Adelaide and Melbourne – Brisbane, however, is set to escape any major rainfall

Sydney’s (above) run of sun will end over the weekend as showers will blanket the Harbour City, Adelaide and Melbourne – Brisbane, however, is set to escape any major rainfall

 Major flooding is still occurring in inland NSW, whilst minor flooding has continued in communities in southern Queensland, and Victoria. 

Major flood warnings are in place for the Barwon and Darling Rivers, Macquarie River, Lachlan River, Murrumbidgee River, Bogan River, Namoi River, Narran River and Culgoa River in NSW.

The Bureau have predicted the rainfall will see water levels in recovering rivers and creeks rise back to moderate and major flooding levels.

The weekend's rain could put recovering waterways under stress again as many parts of Victoria recover from October's deluge (above, Echuca on the Murray River in October)

The weekend’s rain could put recovering waterways under stress again as many parts of Victoria recover from October’s deluge (above, Echuca on the Murray River in October)

‘A trough is approaching New South Wales from the west and will move into the state during Friday and Saturday, bringing a return to unsettled conditions,’ read an alert from the Bureau for western New South Wales.

‘A cold front is then expected to combine with this trough during Sunday and Monday to generate enhanced areas of rain and thunderstorms across parts of the state.

‘Severe thunderstorms are likely, bringing strong winds, hail and flash flooding.’ 

The Bureau also issued an alert for parts of Victoria.

‘For Sunday, widespread totals of 10-20mm are expected, with 20-50mm for the central and eastern ranges, possibly Southwest and Gippsland. Widespread totals of 40-70mm are forecast for the North East ranges, with isolated totals 80-100mm with thunderstorms,’ it read.

Weatherzone has created a predicted rainfall chart for Australia in the seven days to Monday

Weatherzone has created a predicted rainfall chart for Australia in the seven days to Monday

Queensland faces ‘damaging’ winds and thunderstorms in the north.

Much of the wild weather is expected to hammer down in the state’s southern and western regions over the weekend.

Forecasters have predicted parts of western Queensland will receive 40mm of rain on Sunday alone.  

Brisbane, however, is expected to remain mostly sunny over the weekend.

Western Australia will also escape the rain with Perth to see a dry and sunny week ahead with temperatures soaring into the high 20s. 

WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE LIKE IN YOUR CITY 

 CANBERRA 

Saturday: Showers, possible storm. Min 11 – Max 25.

Sunday: Possible storm, heavy falls. Min 14 – Max 23.

Monday: Rain easing. Min 15 – Max 20. 

SYDNEY 

Saturday: Sunny. Min 17 – Max 26.

Sunday: Showers, possible storm. Min 18 – Max 27.

Monday: Shower or two. Min 21 – Max 30. 

DARWIN 

Saturday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 27 – Max 34. 

Sunday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 27  – Max 34.

Monday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 27 – Max 34. 

BRISBANE 

Saturday: Sunny. Min 16 – Max 30. 

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 19 –  Max 29.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 20 – Max 30. 

 MELBOURNE 

Saturday: Possible late shower. Min 13 – Max 21.

Sunday: Showers, possible storm. Min 16 – Max 26.

Monday: Showers. Min 14 – Max 19. 

ADELAIDE 

Saturday: Rain, possible storm. Min 16 – Max 25 

Sunday: Showers, possible storm. Min 16 – Max 23. 

Monday: Showers easing. Min 12 – Max 18.

PERTH 

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 – Max 21.

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 9 – Max 23.

Monday: Sunny. Min 11 – Max 26. 

HOBART 

Saturday: Cloudy. Min 10 – Max 16.

Sunday: Showers increasing. Min 9 – Max 17.

Monday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 19.

 

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