Sydney to sparkle after soggy, gloomy weekBrett Dutschke, Sunday June 30, 2013 - 10:16 EST
After the wettest and gloomiest week in years Sydneysiders can look forward to a sparkling sunny week, the sunniest week in months.
In a dramatic turn-around, sunshine will dominate the next seven days, giving residents a chance to get through the backlog of laundry that has accumulated in the past week.
The city has just had its gloomiest week in four years and wettest week in two years, making it near impossible to get anything dry outside. Numerous weekend sports had to be cancelled after grounds were left waterlogged.
There has been a total of just seven hours of sunshine, an average of an hour per day, the cloudiest week since February 2009. Rain has fallen every day, adding up to about 190mm, making it the wettest week since July 2011.
June is typically Sydney's cloudiest and wettest month with an average of 5.5 hours of sunshine per day and 131mm of total rainfall. However, this June had just four hours of sunshine per day and more than 300mm of rain.
For the first week of July residents can expect an average of nine hours sunshine per day and virtually no rain. This should be Sydney's sunniest week since May or April.
Compared to the past week that is an extra eight hours of sunshine per day and 190mm less rain.
It also equates to warmer days yet colder nights. Days will warm to the high teens and low 20s. However, some nights will cool below 10 degrees in the city and become near freezing in the west.
The weather pattern has been stagnant and is now changing. A high pressure system is starting to take over from a near-stationary low pressure trough and the atmosphere is warming up and drying out.
© Weatherzone 2013
More breaking news
Trampolines have flown into powerlines and a lightning strike has reportedly caused a house fire as a severe thunderstorm tracked from Sydney all along the coast up to northern NSW on Monday afternoon.
Those who blamed last week's blackout in South Australia on renewable energy are dead wrong.
Thunderstorms are affecting six states and territories this afternoon, four of which are under warning for severe storms.