Batten down the hatches
Melbourne, 15 July 2015
Another spell of wild weather is on the way for central coastal regions in coming days, says UBIMET, an internationally recognised leader in meteorology and severe weather warnings.
"While the wintry conditions which have blanketed much of elevated parts of Victoria and NSW in snowfall continue to be the main focus of the weather, there’s heavy rain due to hit eastern parts of NSW on late Thursday / early Friday," says James Wilby, UBIMET Senior Meteorologist.
A pool of cold air that originated from near Antarctica swept over much of south eastern Australia over the weekend, and saw even areas as far north as the tropics shiver under it's frigid embrace. This resulted in the mercury plunging below average temperatures in many places and significant snowfall across elevated regions.
This cool pool of air will migrate eastwards over the next 24 hours with an East Coast Low expected to form just offshore and bring a burst of heavy rain to the eastern parts of NSW later Thursday and early Friday.
The low is expected to intensify offshore on Friday, bringing the potential for strong winds to coastal areas of NSW. Gusts of 70-90kmh are possible with some exposed coastal regions seeing even stronger winds. These should ease through Friday evening.
In the Illawarra region, there will be rain during the day on Thursday, with between 70mm and 100mm possible. Areas including Batemans Bay, Ulladulla and Nowra are all at risk, with some localised flooding a possibility.
Sydney will experience showers on Thursday, and these will tend to heavy rain overnight and into Friday morning . However, conditions should have improved by the afternoon. Showers are expected to remain a feature of the weather over the weekend as cool onshore winds prevail, with present indications suggesting sunshine is set to make a welcome return into the early days of next week.