Australians are told to enjoy the last rays of sunshine as a bleak forecast seems to ruin weekend plans.
In both Victoria and NSW, wet weather will destroy the state all weekend.
The rain bomb is expected to hit South Australia on Saturday morning, before heading to Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland over the weekend.
The heaviest showers are expected to hit Melbourne and the northeastern parts of the state on Sunday, putting the cities on hold again for flooding.
Victorian communities are being told to prepare for another potential flood emergency as the northeastern part of the state is expected to be hit by widespread showers and storms on Sunday.
The rainbomb is expected to cause moderate to major flooding, with up to 90 millimeters of rain forecast in some areas.
Australians are being told to enjoy the sun while they can as a bleak forecast seems to ruin weekend plans
In both Victoria and NSW, wet weather will crush states all weekend
While the rest of the state has been warned of heavy rains and hailstones are a possibility, with more than 50 emergency warnings across Victoria.
There is also a major flood warning for the Murray River, with fears that water levels could rise to roughly the same level as the devastating floods of 1975 in low-lying areas such as Mildura, Robinvale, Boundary Bend and Wakool Junction.
Forecasters expect the above-average rainfall in Victoria to continue for another six to eight weeks.
While in NSW flood prone areas are also warned of expected rain and thunderstorms.
“This rainfall is being combined with already saturated watersheds and congested river systems, which will unfortunately lead to more flooding in many parts,” NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York said Friday.
‘We expect renewed minor to major flooding to levels seen in recent weeks.’
Major flood warnings are in place for the Barwon, Darling, Macquarie, Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray, Bogan, Namoi, Narran and Culgoa rivers.
There are more than 90 hazard warnings in the state, with evacuation orders for central western Condobolin, Collarenebri in the northwest and Alice Edwards Village in Bourke in the far northwest.
The SES has warned people to watch out for landslides and falling trees, with some areas expecting flash flooding from short rain showers.
The federal government’s one-time disaster recovery payment scheme was extended to an additional five NSW local government areas on Friday.
Weatherzone’s Ben Domensino said the most intense storm activity will hang over South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
“All the ingredients will be in place this weekend for dangerous thunderstorms in part of southern and eastern Australia,” he said.
The appalling weather conditions are due to cold air blowing over South Australia, combined with a wave of strong winds.
“This cold air in the air will greatly increase the instability of the atmosphere, while the strong winds at the highest level will amplify wind shear and increase the risk of supercells and tornadoes,” the meteorologist said.
Weather maps show how the system will move through the east of the country, with the most rain falling on Sunday in the inner areas of Victoria, NSW and QLD (above)
Australia’s eastern states are set to experience severe storms this weekend as meteorologists say atmospheric conditions are perfect for wild weather (above, lightning strikes behind Sydney Harbor Bridge)
Flood-affected communities will feel no reprieve as the Bureau of Meteorology warns the deluge could reduce some recovering waterways to moderate and major flooding (above, a Sydneysider carries an umbrella)
Heavy rain will sweep across the country this weekend, moving east across the Top End, South Australia, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania – with the worst weather on Sunday.
Inland NSW and Queensland will carry most of the Flood, while the added threat of ‘supercells’ worries meteorologists.
“While ordinary thunderstorms usually last tens of minutes, supercells can last for hours,” said Mr. Domesino.
‘Due to their rotation, supercells can also move in a different direction than other surrounding storm cells, making them very difficult to predict in advance. Some supercells can also produce tornadoes.’
Wild weather conditions could also lead to flash flooding around parts of Queensland, Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and South Australia this week.
Several major flood warnings are active in NSW and Victoria as of Friday night.
The BoM has also warned that temperatures will be ‘well below’ the November average, with Adelaide reaching a high of just 18C on Monday.
Sydney’s sun (above) will end over the weekend as showers will cover the Harbor City, Adelaide and Melbourne – Brisbane will however escape any major rainfall
Major floods continue to occur in inland NSW, while minor floods continue in communities in southern Queensland and Victoria.
There are major flood warnings for the Barwon and Darling, Macquarie River, Lachlan River, Murrumbidgee River, Bogan River, Namoi River, Narran River and Culgoa River in NSW.
Major flood warnings have also been issued for communities along the Murray River.
The Bureau has predicted that rainfall will raise water levels in recovering rivers and creeks to moderate and major flooding.
The weekend’s rain could put pressure on recovering waterways as many parts of Victoria recover from the October Flood (above, Echuca on the Murray River in October)
“A trough is approaching New South Wales from the west and will enter the state over the course of Friday and Saturday, making the situation unstable again,” a warning from the Western New South Wales Bureau read.
A cold front in combination with this trough is expected to cause more rain and thunderstorms in parts of the state during Sunday and Monday.
‘There is a risk of severe thunderstorms, with strong winds, hail and flash flooding.’
The Bureau has also issued a warning for parts of Victoria.
Widespread totals of 10-20mm are expected for Sunday, with 20-50mm for the central and eastern mountain ranges, possibly in the southwest and Gippsland. Widespread totals of 40-70mm are forecast for the northeastern ranges, with isolated totals of 80-100mm with thunderstorms,” it said.
Weatherzone has created a forecast rainfall map 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 set in over the weekend in the southern and western regions of the state.
Forecasters have predicted parts of western Queensland will receive 40mm of rain on Sunday alone.
However, Brisbane is expected to remain sunny for most of the weekend.
Western Australia will also escape the rain with Perth and face a dry and sunny week with temperatures reaching into the twenties.
HOW THE WEATHER WILL BE IN YOUR CITY
Saturday: Showers, possible thunderstorms. Min 11 – Max 25.
Sunday: Possible thunderstorm, heavy falls. Min 14 – Max 23.
Monday: Rain abates. Min 15 – Max 20.
Saturday: sunny. Min 17 – Max 26.
Sunday: Showers, possible thunderstorms. Min 18 – Max 27.
Monday: Shower or two. Min 21 – Max 30.
Saturday: Rain or two, possible thunderstorms. Min 27 – Max 34.
Sunday: Rain or two, possible thunderstorms. Min 27 – Max 34.
Monday: Rain or two, possible thunder. Min 27 – Max 34.
Saturday: sunny. Min 16 – Max 30.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 19 – Max 29.
Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 20 – Max 30.
Saturday: Possible late shower. Min 13 – Max 21.
Sunday: Showers, possible thunderstorms. Min 16 – Max 26.
Monday: Showers. Min 14 – Max 19.
Saturday: Rain, possible thunderstorms. Min 16 – Max 25
Sunday: Showers, possible thunderstorms. Min 16 – Max 23.
Monday: Showers abate. Min 12 – Max 18.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 – Max 21.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 9 – Max 23.
Monday: sunny. Min 11 – Max 26.
Saturday: Cloudy. Min 10 – Max 16.
Sunday: Showers increase. Min 9 – Max 17.
Monday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 19.