Week of rain to batter east coast

Parts of Australia’s east coast are forecast to be drenched over the next week with rainfalls of up to 100mm fall in parts of the country.

Heavy rainfalls are forecast to batter the east Australian coast over the next week, with some regions expected to receive drenchings of up to 150mm.

Major capital cities are set to cop a drenching from Sunday, with the majority concentrated around Queensland’s south coast and northern NSW.

Parts of NSW have already received a drenching at the weekend, with a rain front pushing up into Australia’s north.

A severe thunderstorm warning has already been issued for the Northern Territory’s Daly and Arnhem districts.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster James Taylor said computer model guidance indicated rainfalls of up to 100mm could land in Queensland’s north tropical coast over the next eight days, especially concentrated in the Herbert and Lower Burdekin regions.

Similar falls between 50-100mm are possible along the mid-north NSW coast.

Mr Taylor said a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea was pushing an east to south-easterly flow along the east coast.

“Over the next week there’s some indication of troughs developing, which will likely enhance rainfall,” Mr Taylor said.

The forecast means many capital cities are set to be battered by showers and potential thunderstorms over the next week:


Sydneysiders woke to grey skies and rainfall on Saturday but more showers are forecast over the week, dumping anywhere from one to 6mm.

Some of the heaviest overnight rainfall totals include 25mm at Mona Vale Golf Club, 23mm at Campbelltown & Camden and 20mm at Ingleburn.


Brisbane has a high chance of showers over Sunday, with possible rainfalls between three-10mm.

Conditions are set to ease off on Monday but Mr Taylor said showers were forecast for the rest of the week.

Maximum temperatures will remain around the high 20s apart from Monday, where the mercury is tipped to reach 30C.

Northern Territory

A severe thunderstorm warning over parts of central and eastern parts of the Top End, including Katherine, has been issued for the Northern Territory.

Heavy storms, some expected to bring up to 30mm, are forecast for Darwin City and the Outer Darwin area all week.

Maximum temperatures will remain stable around 31C.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.

Locations which may be affected include Jabiru, Nauiyu, Batchelor, Adelaide River, Pine Creek and Cooinda.


Melbourne is expected to remain relatively clear and have “good periods of sunshine” because of a high pressure system on the east coast, Mr Taylor said.

Maximum temperatures will remain around the high 20s to low 30s and peak next Saturday at 35C.

Isolated light showers are forecast for the Gippsland region on Sunday, which will clear during the afternoon.

South Australia

Across Adelaide, the forecast remains dry and sunny with tops of 35C from next Wednesday onwards.

It comes after a severe weather warning for heavy rains and thunderstorms was issued by BOM in the north west on Friday.

Western Australia 

Perth is expected to receive isolated thunderstorms on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday as temperatures peak at 36C at the start of the week.


Cloudy conditions are predicted in Hobart but the mercury will plunge to 11Con Sunday.

Minimum temperatures are not forecast to rise above 17C.

Only on Tuesday is rainfall forecast, with a possible shower likely to bring only 1mm in the early afternoon.

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