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Australia to kiss the rain goodbye

Max Gonzalez, Friday May 9, 2014 - 14:30 EST

By now, Australians would have noticed the turn in seasons and it's not only the weather but for many, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter.

The days have become colder in the south (in particular the mornings), the north has dried up and the frontal systems carrying cloud and rain have been more prominent.

This past week saw a set of vigorous cold fronts which brought some good rainfall across inland areas of the west and south and even snow along the Victorian, NSW and Tasmanian ranges.

The latest installment of these cold fronts reached western WA on Wednesday night, bringing Perth's wettest day since June 2011 with 47mm to 9am Thursday morning. Moreover, Bickley (a suburb in Perth) managed to record 62mm to 9am yesterday, making it its wettest May day in nine years.

The front continued to propagate west reaching Adelaide this morning. So far the city has seen 8mm since 8am. Unfortunately, the system has lost some of its mojo while propagating east along the vast expanse of this country with eastern states likely to see about 5-10mm of rainfall, with some areas possibly reaching up to 20mm.

The rain associated with this front is likely to reach Melbourne later tonight, Canberra tomorrow around midday, Sydney in the early hours of Sunday and finally Brisbane late on Sunday.

This will be the last frontal system to cross our country for at least a week as a high pressure system over the Tasman takes charge keeping clear skies and fronts at bay. Coastal areas in the east and far southwest are the only regions in Australia expected to see some significant precipitation over the next week as onshore winds bring passing showers. These, however, are likely to be light and isolated.

- Weatherzone

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