Tasmania has been shrouded by cloud and rain since Thursday with gloomy skies remaining for Hobart's weekend.
On Thursday cloud and rain gradually enveloped Tasmania through the day, beginning in the north, where the heaviest rain fell. Devonport had consistent rain through the night with 24mm recorded to 9am on Friday. This is the town's largest rainfall total since March.
In Hobart 10mm fell during the night, with another 4mm by lunch time on Friday. Nearby Mt Wellington had 25mm. This widespread rain is due to a low pressure system that has been passing over Tasmania since last night.
The temperature has only warmed two degrees by 1:30pm today in Hobart from the overnight minimum of 11 degrees due to the thick blanket of cloud.
Cloud is expected to linger over Hobart across the weekend with further showers today, light drizzle on Saturday and rain on Sunday. The fresh burst of rain on Sunday will be due to a cold front and associated low pressure system, leading to a colder start to the working week. There will barely be any breaks in the cloud making for a dismal weekend of weather.
Tasmania as a whole will be mostly sunny on Saturday as a weak ridge briefly clears skies from the west ahead of the low and front. This front will bring widespread rain from Sunday.
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