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Australia – Heavy rain in the east, lingering thunderstorms, temps well below normal for many

A low pressure system over western NSW today moves eastwards slowly to lie east of NSW this Saturday while weakening. This low and associated trough brings heavy rain and thunderstorms across inland NSW and QLD on Thursday. These storms then shift to coastal portions of NSW and QLD Friday.

Much of Australia is cooler than average for Thursday and Friday.


  • Total rainfall amount from Thursday to Friday will 100-150 mm across eastern portions of NSW and QLD.
  • Areas of flooding possible in NSW and QLD
  • The low will linger off the east coast to bring thunderstorms across coastal parts of QLD through to NSW from this weekend and into almost all of next week.
  • Eastern side of Australia leaning wetter than average.
  • To the north, a trough produces thunderstorms across the northern coast of NT from Thursday to Saturday with peak period on Friday.
  • Maximum temperatures well below normal across most of Australia for the remainder of this week, due to colder southerly winds pulled in by the low pressure tracking over the southeast corner.
  • Temperature exception is the western coast of WA with well above normal readings, which will expand eastward gradually in the days ahead.
  • Minimum temperatures will run below to well below normal across Australia for several days while above normal across western coast of WA during this projection period, as well as the eastern coast on Thursday


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