Forecasters have said drenching rains could hit both the east and west of the country over the coming days.
A “rare” heavy winter rain event is expected over coastal Queensland spilling down into New South Wales. Meanwhile Perth could see an “absolute soaking” as a trough barrels in from the Indian Ocean.
At the same time a “sharp, short cold snap” is going to make southern Australia shiver with below-average temperatures.
On Friday, the Bureau of Meteorology said “seasonally significant” rainfall could be expected across a broad area of the Queensland coast with widespread falls of 15-40mm and localised downpours of up to 80mm across particularly the Capricornia and Wide Bay regions.
“This is rare,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said.
“We don’t normally see rain this heavy across this region in July. Rockhampton, Gladstone could see two to three months’ worth of rain in the next two days alone – some of the heaviest July rainfall in years for the district.
“They certainly need it with rainfall deficits going back years.”
Queensland set to be soggy
Brisbane will see some showers today and then heavy falls on Saturday of up to 25mm clearing on Sunday afternoon. Temperatures hovering around 20C with low of 15C. The Gold Coast is looking at 10-20mm on Friday and then shooting up to 35mm on Saturday with a top up of up to 10mm on Sunday.
It gets a whole lot wetter up the coast however with up to 50mm for Rockhampton on Saturday after a very wet Friday, and Gladstone forecast to get between 35 and 60mm.
Crossing over into NSW and the Byron coast will be see big downpours all weekend with 35-60mm expected.
By the time you get to Sydney that rain has all gone. The Harbour City will see a mild and sunny weekend with highs of 17-19C and overnight minimums of 7C. The perfect weather to stay indoors and watch movies by.
It will be cold in Canberra with a high of just 11C on Saturday and lows of -1C on Sunday. Saturday could see a few spits and spots of rain.
Below-average temperature for south
Down in Victoria, the mercury is set to plummet. The BOM has said the “sharp, short cold snap” will deliver temperatures 2-6C below average for July.
A high of 16C in Melbourne on Friday will fall to just 12C on Saturday, 2021’s coldest day so far. The minimum on Sunday will be just tad warmer at 14C.
Expect some showers across the city. As that moisture heads towards the mountains it should deliver some fresh snow for the ski fields.
Cold too in Tassie, topping out at 13C in Hobart on Saturday then 12C for Sunday and Monday. Expect a chilly 3C start on Sunday in the capital. Kunanyi/Mt Wellington may drop to -4C on Sunday but a lack of moisture means no snow is due.
Not dissimilar in South Australia, withAdelaidemaxing out between 13-14C this weekend with 7C dawns. There could be some showers with up to 5mm on Saturday.
‘Absolute soaking’ in WA
“The rain is on the way for WA,” Ms Osborne said.
Saturday in Perth should be dry and sunny with highs of 21C. But a cold front and rain band is set to sweep across the southwest on Sunday in a line from Carnarvon all the way down to Esperance.
“A series of systems will bring an absolute soaking,” Ms Osborne said.
That will deliver up to 20mm in the Perth rain gauge on Sunday and then between 15-35mm for the following days.
Darwin will be sunny and warm with maximums of 33C.