The New South Wales coast is facing the prospect of a week of
intermittent showers to start a soggy April and May.
On Tuesday, skies were mostly clear with just the odd coastal shower,
but showers will come onshore from Wednesday with a splash.
The coast and ranges of NSW and southern QLD will receive showers on
Wednesday and Thursday with the heaviest falls likely to impact the
Mid North Coast.
Cloud and showers will continue to cover the NSW and QLD coast until
early next week as a stationary high pressure ridge directs moist
southeasterly winds. By Monday the Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers
and Southeast Coast districts are likely to have received widespread
falls of 40-60mm.
The Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra coastlines are also likely to gain
showers on most days with 20-40mm by the end of the week.
Looking ahead to the rest of autumn, wet weather is likely to be
prominent in eastern NSW. For the Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra
coastlines, April and May are traditionally some of the wettest months
of the year.
This season should be wetter than usual as waters off the northwest of
Australia are warmer than is typical at this time of year. This extra
warmth will provide added moisture to the cloud bands that develop in
the northwest and move east across the country, bringing rain events
to eastern Australia.
Inland parts of New South Wales can expect drier than usual conditions
for April as showers will barely reach beyond the ranges. It is not
until a northwest cloudband arrives that inland parts of northern NSW
can expect a drenching. The southwest of the state may have to wait a
little longer into winter to receive significant rain.
© Weatherzone 2013
22:56 EST Parts of Sydney and the Blue Mountains were blanketed by large hailstones after a severe thunderstorm moved across the area this afternoon, causing five warehouses to collapse.