Sydney 28-day Rainfall Forecast

Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
26
low
27
med
28
med
29
med
30
med
31
med
Feb 1
high
2
high
3
med
4
high
5
low
6
med
7
med
8
med
9
med
10
med
11
med
12
low
13
low
14
15
med
16
low
17
low
18
19
20
low
21
low
22
low
Chance of rainfall within district
nil
< 25%
low
25% to 50%
med
50% to 75%
high
≥ 75%

Issue Notes

The hemispheric long wave pattern has remained stable in recent weeks. There are seven main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the southwest Indian Ocean, Western Australia, the south Pacific, South America, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Summary:
Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 11 February to 15 February, 20 February to 24 February, and 24 February to 28 February. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 30 January to 3 February, 12 February to 16 February, and 27 February to 3 March.
Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 31 January to 4 February, 12 February to 16 February, and 28 February to 4 March.

Issued Jan 25

Forecast Explanation

This forecast is produced by a multi-model ensemble consisting of dynamical atmospheric models, which are forced by the latest observed atmosphere, ocean, land and ice conditions. The models are designed to simulate features of the real atmosphere, including the daily movement of long and short wave patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.

The future probability of rain in each district is estimated using output from the multi-model ensemble, combined with historical information about the difference between the model forecasts and observed rainfall.

In this deterministic framework the skill of the forecast tends to decrease with time, however the forecasts are updated daily to provide the latest estimates of rainfall probability out to 28 days.

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