Weather Australia: 5000km rain band blasts east coast, flood warnings

Brace yourself for a wet and rainy weekend that will herald the winter season as a 5,000-kilometre belt of rain clouds continues to move across the country’s east coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a band of cloud will continue its eastward journey over the coming days and is expected to bring rain to 90 per cent of the country by Sunday.

Senior Meteorologist Sarah Scully said a band of rain would continue to move along Australia’s east coast today.

“It will continue eastwards into south-eastern parts of Queensland on Saturday with patchy rain and showers continuing across eastern parts of NSW,” Scully said.

“Saturday night this low develops off the NSW coast and as we move into Sunday it starts to track east and really wraps moist air up the coast there.”

There will be some wet weather forecast for northern NSW and parts of southern Queensland through Saturday with 15-50mm forecast.

A small reprieve from the first band of cloud in Western Australia will be short-lived as a second band of rain is expected to develop over the state, which looks set to reach the interior by Monday.

In total, two-thirds of Australia is expected to receive at least 10mm of rain, on top of what has already been felt this week.

NSW

Ms Scully said there was “another wet weekend ahead for eastern parts of NSW” but could not say exactly where the worst of the weather would be.

“Heaviest rain and strongest winds depend on the position, movement and proximity of the lowland to the coast,” she said.

“If the low remains slightly offshore, coastal impacts will be limited during this period, but if it is expected to approach the coast, the forecast may be upgraded to mention an east coast low.

“The low is expected to move south towards East Vic and the east coast of Tasmania early next week.”

High wind warnings have been issued for Saturday along the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.

Sydney is expected to receive between 20 and 60mm of rain on Saturday and a maximum temperature of 19.

Tasmania

A minor flood warning has been issued for Corra Linn as a total of 20-70mm of rainfall has been recorded on the North Esk River in the past 24 hours.

The river at Corra Linn is currently at 1.95 meters and rising so it is just below minor flood level.

BOM is closely monitoring the situation.

Hobart will be partly cloudy with light winds and a high of 13.

Victoria

A flash flood warning is still in place for Seven Creeks.

Melbourne is partly cloudy with a chance of morning fog in the nearby hills. Slight chance of a shower or two with a high of 14.

Queensland

A sea wind warning remains in place for Gold Coast waters, with a high wind warning for the south-east Gulf of Carpentaria and north-east Gulf of Carpentaria in place for Sunday.

Brisbane is cloudy early in the morning with a chance of fog in the west. There is a high chance of 6 to 15 mm of rain in the afternoon and evening, with a high of 22.

Western Australia

A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall and a warning for damaging damaging winds have been issued along the central west to south west coast. A cold front will bring severe weather to the West Coast later Saturday.

The BOM warns that heavy rainfall may cause flash flooding along the South West District from late afternoon with 50 to 70mm of rain expected.

Damaging winds of 60 to 70 km/h are possible along the Southwest District, which is expected to spread to the Lower West and Central West Districts by Saturday afternoon.

The BOM is also warning residents of damaging winds of 125 km/h late Saturday into early Sunday, which could cause significant damage to homes and property.

Locations that may be affected include Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, Kalbarri, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River and Perth.

Perth is mostly sunny with a high chance of showers in the south-west, with a chance of storms in the west, with a high of 23.

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra is partly cloudy with a chance of frost in some areas early this morning, along with some fog. There is a chance of light showers and a high of 15.

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