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Potential rain and storms for east coast next week

Ben Domensino, Thursday April 19, 2018 - 14:23 EST

Heavy rain and thunderstorms may affect parts of Australia's east coast next week.

While parts of eastern Australia have experienced unseasonably hot and dry weather so far this month, there are signs that things could change for some areas next week.

A number of forecast models indicate that a low pressure trough may deepen near the nation's east coast during the first half of next week, as an upper level low moves over the region. An upper low is associated with an isolated pool of cold air a few kilometres above the ground, which can cause surface features, such as troughs and fronts, to intensify.

It's still early days and there is not enough consensus between forecast models to know exactly what's going to happen, and where.

At this stage, anyone living in southeast Queensland and eastern NSW should monitor their forecasts in the coming days for updated information on the development of this system.

Deepening low pressure troughs like this one can produce east coast lows at this time of year, due to the interaction of the cold air in the atmosphere with the relatively warm waters of the Tasman and southern Coral Seas.

East coast lows are capable of causing severe weather along Australia's east coast and most commonly form during autumn and winter.

- Weatherzone

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