Sydney woke up to the almost unfamiliar sound of rain this morning as cloud built last night ahead of a cold and grey day.
Rain started in the city early, with as much as 6mm falling in an hour between 3am and 4am. The early rain caused some minor road flooding, although the heaviest falls cleared well before peak hour.
Scattered showers continued into the morning making for a soggy dash to the bus, although thick cloud is likely to help dampen moods today.
This grey day comes after more than a week of abundant sunshine and unusual warmth in Sydney.
From Sunday 17th to Monday 25th, Sydney's average maximum temperature was a little over 18 degrees, almost two above average for June. This warmth was a result of sunny days, with sunshine hours averaging almost 8 hours per day during this period. This is an extra two hours of sunshine each day than Sydneysiders usually see during June.
Today's rain and cloud is being caused by an inland trough being fed by moist southeasterly winds from the Tasman Sea.
Cloud and scattered rain will only allow today's temperature to reach about 15 degrees, two below the monthly average. At times, moderate south to southwesterly winds will also make it feel a few degrees colder than it actually is.
Rain will continue during the day, although should ease this afternoon as the trough weakens. Showers are again possible on Wednesday, although the end of the week looks much better. Offshore winds will allow temperatures to climb into the high teens once again on Thursday and even as high as 20 on Friday.
© Weatherzone 2012
13:39 EST With 28mm already recorded in the rain gauge this month, Alice Springs is having its wettest May since 2004.