The weather may not be as wild this week, but it likely to be incessantly soggy. So much so, it’s been dubbed a “Groundhog Day, every day” of rain.
Melbourne could see showers for the rest of the week as could Adelaide and Hobart. In fact, just about every capital, bar Darwin, could see wet weather this week, with some particularly heavy downpours at times.
That could spell trouble for some parts of the east coast already sodden after a weekend dominated by a Tasman Low. Nowra, south of Wollongong, picked up half a metre of rain over the last week.
Rivers have flooded, trees have come down and waves in excess of 10 metres were recorded off the coast of Sydney.
Southern parts of Western Australia have also seen a soaking with 20mm falling on the Perth Hills.
Sky News Weather meteorologist Tom Saunders said the effects of the Tasman Low had now lessened substantially as the system headed off into the Pacific.
“The low bringing all that rain to Western Australia; that’s now going to move east and then stall south of South Australia around the middle of the week.
“As a result of that stalling, we’re looking at an extended period of showers throughout the southern parts of Australia,” he said.
The umbrellas are already out in Adelaide. During Tuesday evening, the wet conditions will head across the border into Victoria and then as the week progresses drift throughout the south and south east.
“This period of showers will continue throughout the middle of the week and even into the latter part of the week.
“It will almost feel like Groundhog Day every day with showers continuing in locations such as Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide,” Mr Saunders said.
The rain may be set to reoccur, day after day, but what ends up in the gauge will be far below what we’ve seen recently. Nonetheless, coastal areas could see 25mm by the time the weekend is out, which is a decent drop, and Hobart and Adelaide could exceed that.
The South Australian capital is likely to see the heaviest of this week’s rain today and tomorrow with 3-10mm both days. Later in the week, 3-5mm each day is probable. Temperature wise, highs in Adelaide in the mid-teens and overnight lows of around 8C.
The showers will crank up in Melbourne from Wednesday with a possible thunderstorm in the afternoon, sunny spells, and up to 5mm of rain. And then just rinse and repeat for the rest of the week. A mild 15-17C for the coming days with very manageable minimums of 10C.
Just a smattering of rain in Hobart on Wednesday but it could become heavier as the week goes on. The weekend could be very soggy, however, with up to 10mm on Saturday and 25mm on Sunday and Monday. Maximums of around 15C and lows of 7C.
Canberra is expecting a high of 13C on Wednesday with 17C on Thursday and dawn lows of around 2C. Showers all week with Saturday looking the wettest with 10mm falling.
The next few days should be dry in Sydney with pleasant maximums reaching the low twenties and 10-12C minimums overnight. A few dribbles of moisture on Friday but Saturday could be a wet one with 6-15mm coming down.
Inland areas are also likely to benefit from the conditions. Northern New South Wales and southern Queensland will see more rain heading towards the weekend as another band of moisture moves in. This could include some thunderstorms within it, bringing intense bursts.
That will mean Brisbane should remain dry for much of the rest of the week but Saturday is looking wet at this point with a possible storm. Highs in the mid-twenties with lows around 15C.
Heavy rain is approaching the Western Australia coast. A few scattered showers on Wednesday should clear leaving the end of the week dry. But up to 15-20mm could fall on Saturday and Sunday with some of that precipitation extending into next week.
A high of 16C on Wednesday in Perth, increasing to 21C on the weekend. Early mornings should get down to around 6C.
Finally, in the Top End it will mostly sunny. Darwin should see days pushing past 30C and lows of around 21C.