Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Clear skies a thing of the past on the NSW coast

Rob Sharpe, Sunday January 19, 2014 - 10:44 EDT

Sydney and the New South Wales coastline have experienced mostly sunny and warm days all week, but skies are turning grey and the ground wet.

Residents in eastern New South Wales have grown accustomed to the consistently dry and mostly sunny weather of late, but there is change in the air. Most of the coast will have its cloudiest week in more than a month.

Moist onshore winds are starting to develop on the South Coast today, causing a few showers to move onshore during the afternoon and evening. These winds will spread north along the coast, bringing cloud and stray showers to central parts of the coastline on Monday and Tuesday.

The northern coasts of NSW will be drier over the next few days as an inland trough producing showers and storms will only bring the odd bit of rain to the coastal areas through until Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the coastal showers should focus on the Hunter, whilst remaining mostly light. Showers and storms will continue to focus along the northeastern ranges.

On Thursday the trough in the east will deepen as onshore winds provide plenty of moisture. The Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers should experience overcast conditions for much of the day, with rain likely focusing between Yamba and Port Macquarie. Widespread rain of 10-20mm is likely, with isolated heavier falls. The Hunter should also be fairly grey and moist, while Sydney could miss out.

On Friday cloud will be prevalent for most of the state as a new trough will move into western NSW bringing moisture originating in the tropics. This will provide areas of rain to the southwest where the heatwave is currently finishing up. Coastal New South Wales will be mostly cloudy with a few showers about as the coastal trough weakens, but some areas could still see some sun.

The trough will bring a band of rain across the state with clearer skies in its wake for coastal areas. Almost the entire coastline will get at least a period of light rain from this trough that will cross north through Sydney on Saturday morning.

Australia Day will be clearer and drier for almost everywhere in the state with just the chance of a few coastal showers, most likely for the Northern Rivers or Mid North Coast.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2014

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Sydney weather: Heavy rainfall, strong winds head towards city and Central Coast

17:27 EST

A severe weather warning has been issued for Sydney and parts of the NSW Central Coast, with heavy rainfall and strong winds expected to hit during this afternoon's peak hour.

Queensland farmers rejoice after late winter rain fills in gaps

16:57 EST

After receiving record-breaking rain in June and July, parts of western Queensland have received their best August rain in nearly 20 years.

Records tumble during Queensland rain event

16:22 EST

August temperature and rainfall records have been broken across Queensland today, some of which have been in place for more than a century.