Sydney is on track to encounter an east coast low that is predicted to head south from northern NSW over the weekend. Photo: Nick Moir The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe warning, forecasting damaging winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf. Photo: BOM
Cars stuck in flood water in Audley Weir Royal National Park. Photo: TNV
Motorists driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in a deluge of rain. Photo: Christopher Getts
Sydney Rains and wet weather SMH News: June 4 2016: After months of little rain, storm water drains finally flush their polluted contents onto beaches and creeks across Sydney including Maroubra, as rain squalls and inclement weather lash the East Coast this weekend with more rain and large seas expected for the next few days: Photo by James Alcock. Photo: James Alcock
Sydney is “on track” to encounter an east coast low that is expected to move south from northern NSW after thunderstorms and a drenching overnight, with extreme weather conditions set to take hold later in the day.
The city’s CBD received 50mm of rain on Friday night, with at least that amount again expected to fall over the weekend.
The Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday morning issued a severe weather warning, forecasting the development of an east coast low as a low pressure system moves south from Queensland late on Saturday, bringing with it damaging winds, heavy rainfall and dangerous surf.
Abnormally high tides will contribute to very heavy surf on the NSW coast, with beaches along the state’s coastline expected to close over the weekend.
Tristan Meyers, meteorologist at Fairfax Media’s Weatherzone, said the coastal region will bear the brunt of the weather system when it reaches Sydney on Sunday and that the city was “on track” to receive the extreme weather predicted by the BOM.
The eastern, coastal parts of the city will be deluged by up to 300mm of rain – more than twice the monthly average in some northern parts of the state – and winds are expected average at 60km/h and peak at 90km/h on the coast, he said.
The average monthly rainfall for Sydney in June is 132mm.
“There is more to come, the rain is going to intensify with less showers and more steady rain really picking up this afternoon and overnight,” he said.
“We urge people to make sure to secure any lose items outside, make sure cars are parked in garages and not under trees and to keep up to date with the latest warnings.
“Beaches will be the worst places to be.”
Willy Weather predicts wave heights of over 5m at Bondi Beach, where swell is expected to peak at about 1am on Sunday.
The Transport Management Centre reports that while roads are extremely wet and there are areas where water is affecting traffic, no major roads or highways are closed in Sydney. Weatherzone: NSW storm tracker