Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Sydney to sparkle after soggy, gloomy week

Brett 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

© Weatherzone 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Climate Council warns Queensland will be hard hit by violent storms as the earth warms up

13:30 EDT

The Climate Council has warned that warmer global temperatures could have a severe impact on Queensland with more storm surges and intense cyclone activity likely.

WA flooding continues

12:56 EDT

Record-breaking rain is causing flooding over parts of Western Australia this week, while parched Perth misses out once again.

Heatwave has race car drivers concerned about tyres and road temperatures

11:56 EDT

As temperatures push above 35 degrees along the east coast, what does the extreme heat do to tyres driving on hot, often bubbling roads? Bitumen absorbs the summer heat, often making road surfaces more than 20 degrees hotter than air temperatures.