At least three houses have been flooded in Melbourne as a burst of wild weather and heavy rain wreaks havoc along Australia’s east coast.
Melbourne’s southeast suburbs were hit with up to 30mm of rain overnight, while in western Sydney there was 8.2mm with more on the way on Saturday.
A severe weather warning for heavy rain has been issued for northeast Victoria and flood watch warnings are in place for the northeast region and parts of central Victoria and Gippsland.
In New South Wales, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rain that may cause flash flooding over the next few hours in parts of the South West Slopes and Riverina districts.
Locations which may be affected include Wagga Wagga, Tumbarumba, Griffith, Narrandera, Lockhart and Darlington Point.
Severe thunderstorms are also likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rain, possibly causing flash flooding in parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains, Lower Western and Upper Western districts. The areas of Condobolin, Nyngan, Cobar and Lake Cargelligo could be affected.
In Victoria, State Emergency Service volunteers responded to almost 100 calls for help in the past 24 hours.
A garage was flooded with ankle deep water in Ferntree Gully overnight, while a house St Kilda had water flowing through the ceiling.
Multiple other houses in Melbourne’s southeast were impacted by water through leaking roofs as Moorabbin recorded 30mm, Hampton Park 29mm and Oakleigh South and Clayton South 25mm each.
The CBD was hit by 21mm of rain overnight.
A Victorian SES spokeswoman said Wangaratta with 12 requests for assistance and Melbourne’s southeast were the areas worst affected by the bad weather.
Of the 97 call outs in the past 24 hours, she said 28 were for fallen trees, 24 for flooding and 24 for building damage.
Volunteers were still responding to 31 active jobs on Saturday morning.
In NSW, an SES spokesman said there had been 58 requests for assistance for storm damage, including 17 in metropolitan Sydney, since midday on Friday.
He urged people to stay vigilant and get prepared by securing loose items such as trampolines and moving cars undercover or away from trees.
In Queensland, there had been three calls for assistance in the past 24 hours in Rolleston, the Gold Coast and Bellmere, as it becomes increasingly likely the AFL grand final will be hit by stormy weather.
Weather bureau meteorologist Sarah Scully said tropical moisture was colliding with unstable conditions associated with a deepening low pressure trough to cause the extreme weather along most of Australia’s east coast this weekend.
“This is helping to create the ripe environment for particularly dangerous thunderstorms,” she said.
Ms Scully said the rain and storms would hit central and eastern Queensland and NSW with the potential for Sydney and Canberra to be affected.
Earlier, wild weather was forecast to hit the eastern half of Australia on Friday, dumping a lot of rain and strong winds on parts of Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia ahead of the weekend.
A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for western Queensland on Friday as the state prepares to host the AFL grand final on Saturday.
In Queensland, the northwest, central west and Channel Country regions were at risk of damaging winds and large hailstones on Friday.
There was also a chance of thunderstorms in northwest NSW, heavy rainfall in northern and eastern Victoria, and thunderstorms across much of South Australia.
“While capital cities will generally be spared the worst of the weather, rural and regional communities may see significant impacts, with damaging winds, heavy to intense rainfall leading to flash flooding and large hail possible over the coming days,” the BOM said on Thursday.
South Australians in the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders, mid north, North East Pastoral and parts of the west coast, Yorke Peninsula, Riverland and North West Pastoral districts were also subject to severe thunderstorm warnings on Friday morning.
The low pressure system over South Australia was expected to deepen through Friday while moving south-eastwards, extending a trough over Victoria on Friday evening.
Isolated showers and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall may lead to flash flooding across northern Victoria from late Friday morning.
Rain and storms could become heavy Friday night into Saturday morning in country Victoria.
Showers are expected to increase to widespread heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding about central Victoria and the Eastern Highlands during Friday evening, extending to the Mallee and Gippsland early Saturday morning.
The heavy rainfall is expected to clear by Saturday evening.
AFL GRAND FINAL WEATHER
On AFL grand final day in Brisbane on Saturday, the BOM is predicting a chance of thunderstorms from the late morning, the culmination of a wet Friday and Saturday.
“At 6.30pm (AEST) for the first bounce, showers may still be lingering and temperatures should have dropped to 24 degrees Celsius,” the BOM said in a statement on their Facebook page.
“While Brisbane is renowned for its stormy and sticky conditions at this time of year, it’s actually the ‘dew point’ that often causes the most headaches for teams, making it slippery for players to handle the ball.
“The mix of heat and moisture can also quickly fatigue teams, especially ones such as the Tigers and Cats that come from the relatively temperate conditions of Victoria.”
The dew point on Saturday night is forecasted to be 19, which is a little muggy but comfortable.
The different dew points are:
- >24 °C – Oppressive, uncomfortable for most, possible heat stress issues
- 20–24°C – Muggy, quite uncomfortable
- 15–20 °C – Starting to feel muggy, though still comfortable for most
- 10–15 °C – Comfortable
- 5–10 °C – Dry
NRL GRAND FINAL WEATHER
Up to 15mm of rain is expected to fall in Sydney on Sunday ahead of the NRL grand final at ANZ Stadium.
The BOM is predicting a cool and wet Sunday, with 16 degrees and a 45 per cent chance of rain, and 30 km/hr winds at kick-off.