Australia’s east coast is threatened with severe thunderstorms expected today across much of NSW and ACT and possible flash flooding en route to Queensland.
Heavy rain and damaging winds are expected along the east coast of NSW with wild weather warnings extending inland from Thursday evening to Goulburn and Orange in the central west.
The ACT also expects similar wet La Niña conditions, with southeastern Queensland having been ravaged by rain and lightning since early Thursday morning.
The Melbourne metro and areas in Victoria will face wet weather conditions as the low pressure system will bring rain for the rest of the week.
David Wilke of the Bureau of Meteorology says the thunderstorms forming yesterday will turn into full-blown monster storms on Thursday.
Wild weather plagues Brisbane (pictured) and areas of southeastern QLD, with similar conditions expected for much of Australia’s east coast
Torrential rain and wild winds hit areas of QLD, with 50mm of rain recorded in just an hour on the Darling Downs
Rush hour traffic creeps through Brisbane as rain ravages the city (pictured)
Rain and lightning have pelted Brisbane (pictured) since the early hours of Thursday morning with severe thunderstorms and flash flood warnings for areas in southeastern QLD
A cold front hitting the east coast causes dire conditions in Brisbane (pictured) and will shift wild weather to NSW and VIC
“We’re going to see a cold front move through NSW … it will bring fairly widespread areas of showers and storms and some moderate rain through the southern part of the state,” he told AAP on Wednesday.
The rain will extend to more eastern parts of the region through Thursday evening, with Sydney and Canberra experiencing the worst.
Meteorologist Jonathan Howe said the wild weather is due to a slow-moving cold front that is dragging a lot of moisture and allowing the instability to “spread.”
“A low pressure system has brought a lot of rain to Melbourne’s metro and across Victoria and SA and out into Tasmania. We’ll see a lot of flood watchers later today,” he said Today on Thursday morning.
Severe thunderstorms are forecast for NSW and ACT with similar weather expected for the coastal areas (pictured: storms developing over Melbourne and the city expects to see showers throughout the week)
Meteorologist Jonathan Howe says conditions in QLD could see tornadoes developing with tennis ball-sized hail likely in southeastern QLD and areas of NSW
Harmful winds, heavy rain and major hail and flash flooding are possible in some locations around the east coast (Photo: Traffic braving the weather in Brisbane Thursday morning)
Meteorologists recommend keeping an eye on weather warnings throughout the week as the wild weather is set to continue (Photo: Pedestrians cover themselves for the rain that plagues Brisbane)
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Brisbane (pictured) and Moreton Bay
He also noted that the conditions allowed for tornadoes in southeastern Queensland.
“Today, the ingredients for a tornado are really lined up. We can’t predict where they will form, but the environment is there to see these super events and the advice is to keep an eye on one of the warnings. of problems.’
Tennis ball-sized hail is also forecast for parts of these areas, as well as areas around Golborne, Orange and Port Macquarie in NSW.
Areas in southeastern Queensland are already experiencing torrential rains and flash flooding after a massive thunderstorm hit the coastal area this morning.
Brisbane and Moreton Bay have a severe thunderstorm warning.
Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba have been ravaged by torrential rain and lightning since early Thursday morning, with Dalby on the Darling Downs falling more than 50mm in an hour.
Wild weather is expected to ease after Thursday, but there is still a chance of thunderstorms on Friday (Photo: Cyclist braving the wet weather in Brisbane)
Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba have been ravaged by torrential rain and lightning since early Thursday morning.
BOM has released a warning (pictured) for severe thunderstorms in these areas
‘Dalby is beating an absolute monster right now,’ said local resident Adam Ogden The courier post.
However, these thunderstorms are often minor events in the area, meaning some communities can experience intense storm activity while nearby locations are unaffected.
Hazards can include damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hail, and flash flooding is possible in some East Coast locations.
Recent rain has wetted the watersheds in those areas and many dams are nearly full, so there is a chance that more rain will cause rivers to rise and flood.
The Gold Coast (pictured) is one of the areas targeted by these severe weather warnings
This heavier-than-expected rainfall seems more likely during the summer months after the BOM raised its ENSO forecast from a ‘watch’ from La Niña to ‘alert’ on Tuesday.
Conditions are expected to ease after Thursday, but there is still a chance of thunderstorms on Friday.
SA and Tasmania are feeling the effects of the low pressure system as showers and cold temperatures are forecast for Adelaide and Hobart in the coming days.
Cloud and showers are expected in Perth by the end of the week, with maximum temperatures of up to 30 degrees.
Hobart is also experiencing wet weather with rain for the rest of the week and temperatures not exceeding 18 degrees.
Although it remains warm, Darwin expects showers and possible thunderstorms for the rest of the week.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY THIS WEEK
Friday: Increasing clouds. Min 13 Max 32
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 26
Sunday: Few showers. Min 14 Max 22
Monday: Showers develop. Min 12 Max 24
Friday: Showers. Min 8 Max 18
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 Max 17
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 20
Monday: sunny. Min 10 Max 24
Friday: Showers. Min 10 Max 16
Saturday: showers. Min 11 Max 16
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 17
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 20
Friday: Rain. Min 12 Max 18
Saturday: showers. Min 11 Max 16
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 17
Monday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 15
Friday: Showers, possible thunderstorms. Min 5 Max 15
Saturday: showers. Min 5 Max 14
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 4 Max 18
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 20
Friday: Shower or two. Min 14 Max 23
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 23
Sunday: sunny. Min 12 Max 23
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 24
Friday: Showers, possible thunderstorms. Min 20 Max 29
Saturday: sunny. Min 14 Max 30
Sunday: sunny. Min 14 Max 30
Monday: Shower or two. Min 15 Max 28
Friday: Rain or two, possible thunderstorm Min 26 Max 34
Saturday: Rain or two, possible thunderstorms. Min 26 Max 34
Sunday: Rain or two, possible thunderstorms. Min 26 Max 33
Monday: Rain or two, possible thunder. Min 26 Max 34