A storm system is forecast to hit major cities on Australia's east coast, while two cities are set to swelter through heatwave-like conditions. Two rain systems that emerged in Australia's west and east have started spreading eastward, bringing rain to the coast. According to Weatherzone meteorologist Yoska Hernandez, central and eastern New South Wales, including Sydney, eastern Victoria, and parts of Tasmania, will experience rain from the eastern system on Thursday. Thunderstorms associated with the system have the potential for heavy rain, large hail, and damaging wind gusts. Sydney has a chance of experiencing deluges with rainfall exceeding 50mm within six hours.
Thursday is expected to be the wettest day, with central and eastern NSW and Sydney receiving between 30 to 50mm of rain. However, some regions may experience higher rainfall due to thunderstorms. The city's west, as well as the Hunter, Central Tablelands, and Illawarra regions, could see heavy rain. The stormy conditions increase the risk of lightning strikes and bushfires.
While Sydney is forecast to remain cloudy on Friday, the city will experience sunny and dry weather on Saturday with temperatures reaching 32C. Similarly, Canberra could face storms on Thursday and expect cloudy conditions until Sunday. Hobart is set to see showers on Thursday before a mostly sunny day on Friday, followed by more rain on Saturday.
Melbourne saw its hottest spring day this week, but weather conditions have now become grey, with showers expected until Sunday. Friday is likely to be the hottest day with a maximum temperature of 31C. Adelaide will also experience sweltering conditions on Friday, with a high of 37C and clear skies.
Brisbane will enjoy its last day of full sunshine on Thursday, as cloudy conditions are forecast from Friday to Sunday. In Darwin, the wet season has started, with storms expected throughout the week and temperatures in the low 30Cs. Perth will experience cloudy conditions on Thursday and Friday, with partial clearing on Saturday.
Overall, the eastern region of Australia is bracing for storms and heavy rain, while the two cities enduring a heatwave-like conditions should expect some relief over the coming days.