Rain bomb bringing as much as 300mm is set to smash Australia’s east

Rain bomb bringing as much as 300mm is set to smash Australia’s east
Rain bomb bringing as much as 300mm is set to smash Australia’s east

Huge swathes of New South Wales and Queensland – including Sydney and Brisbane – are set to be soaked with as much as 300mm of rain over the next three days. 

The weather bureau has forecast that two major weather systems will merge together and wreak havoc across the east coast beginning on Thursday, with wild storms set to strike the east coast from south-east Queensland down to NSW’s south coast.

Downpours of up to 300mm are forecast in some areas and up to 200mm in isolated patches.

On Friday alone, Sydney could be drenched with up to 100mm of rain.

In a rare weather phenomenon, the storm – known as a Black Nor’easter – is expected to plunge some areas into darkness in the middle of the day.

WHEN THE RAIN WILL STRIKE AND STOP IN SYDNEY AND BRISBANE?

SYDNEY: Expect afternoon showers on Thursday, starting around 3pm, with rain intensifying by 6pm. Showers will be heavy on Friday. The rain is forecast to persist until Saturday, clearing up by Sunday.

BRISBANE: Showers are forecast to return in Brisbane around 11am on Thursday and should dissipate by this afternoon. On Friday morning, rain is expected to start around 8am, followed by showers and thunderstorms continuing until Tuesday. The weather should then clear up by Wednesday. 

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The wild weather is also set to bring something known as a Black Nor' easter , which is when a violent storm bringing black clouds sends areas into darkness even in the middle of the day

The rain is set to start falling on Thursday morning in southeast Queensland before moving down into NSW in the afternoon. 

The most severe weather will be seen on Friday with widespread falls of 50mm to 100mm of rain expected to hammer down from Brisbane to the NSW South Coast.

Weatherzone’s Joel Pippard said: ‘Some models are showing rainfall as high as 80-150 mm falling in just six hours, with severe thunderstorms possible in these regions,’ he said.

‘Similar heavy falls are also possible for the NSW Northern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, and Queensland’s Darling Downs and Granite Belt during Thursday and Friday mornings.’

Weather bureaus have warned those living in south-east Queensland down to NSW's South Coast are in for a miserable few days from Thursday into Saturday

Thunderstorms are also possible over northeastern NSW and southeastern Queensland on Thursday afternoon.

High swells and winds with gusts of up to 100km/hour are also on the forecast.

The reason for the wild weather is the combination of an upper-level low pressure system and a coastal trough forming off the east coast.

This coastal trough will funnel tropical moisture from the north, resulting in intense rainfall.

Miriam Bradbury from the Bureau of Meteorology warned the heaviest rains and strongest winds will be seen on Friday.

‘As we go through the later part of Thursday into Friday, that’s when we’ll see the most severe weather starting to ramp up as a trough deepens off the east coast of NSW,’ she said.

‘Rainfall of this magnitude can lead to flash flooding.’

The wild weather is set to ease on Saturday as the system moves further south.

Sydney could cop as much as 40mm of rain on Thursday, while the forecast for Friday says between 25mm and 100mm is possible.

A huge downpour of rain is set to fall over the next 72 hours, with 300mm forecast along the east coast, and 200mm set to fall in isolated areas
The miserable weather is set to ease up by Saturday afternoon

Up to 50mm is then forecast for Saturday, while the sun will finally come out on Sunday for a warm 28C day. 

Wollongong, south of Sydney, could see as much as 130mm of rain on Friday and 80mm on Saturday.

Further south in Batemans Bay will also cop a drenching, with up to 100mm on the horizon for Saturday.

Katoomba in the Blue Mountains could be hit with as much as 150mm on Saturday. 

Brisbane is also in the firing line with 70mm of rain possible to fall over the next three days.

Canberra will also be smashed with rain with up to 40mm forecast on Friday, and a maximum of 45mm set to fall on Saturday.

Melbourne will miss the miserable weather with dry and partly cloudy days forecast for the end of the week.

Those in Adelaide will enjoy a dry and sunny weekend, as will those in Perth with temperatures to soar in the low 30s.

Darwin will see some possible showers over the coming days. 

It comes after a 71-year-old man was found dead in his car in floodwaters in Greenbank, Logan in Queensland.

Police were called to conduct a welfare check after a car was found submerged in water at a private property.

The man was found dead near the vehicle.

Greenbank copped 153mm of rain overnight.

SYDNEY AND BRISBANE WEATHER FORECAST 

SYDNEY:

Thursday: Min 19C, Max 23C, 5mm to 40mm of rain

Friday: Min 18C, Max 24C, 25mm to 100mm of rain

Saturday: Min 19C, Max 26C, 6mm to 50mm of rain

Sunday: Min 18C, Max 28C, sunny

BRISBANE:

Thursday: Min 20C, Max 28C, 1mm to 20mm of rain

Friday: Min 21C, Max 27C, 6mm to 25mm of rain

Saturday: Min 21C, Max 27C, 4mm to 25mm of rain

Sunday: Min 21C, Max 28C, 0mm to 20mm of rain

 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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