Prepare for a drenching because there's a stack of rain on the way. Picture: Bureau of MeteorologySource:Supplied
Prepare for a drenching because there's a stack of rain on the way. Picture: Bureau of MeteorologySource:Supplied

Australians warned to brace for a drenching

JUST like the Netflix show, Australia is in for a wet, hot summer as the rain we've all been waiting for hits with a vengeance - making our summer nights especially sticky.

The latest outlook from the Bureau of Meteorology for November to January is hinting at a wetter than average summer, with the odds even higher for southeastern Australia.

And coming with the rain is also heavier cloud cover meaning the days are going to be wetter and the nights are going to be hot and sticky - so good luck sleeping.

Despite the report, the Bureau of Meteorology admitted the outlook is reasonably neutral considering the lack of saturated soils.

They did admit however there were no strong indicators it was going to be an especially dry summer.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the likelihood of above-average rainfall for most of Australia is around 50 per cent with the chances slightly higher in eastern Victoria.

On Thursday, Sydney hit its 69th day of less than two millilitres of rain.

It broke the previous record of 64 days, set way back in 1989.

Western Australia however, is expected to have a drier than average summer, especially in the north of the state.


Parts of Australia have already received huge downpours thanks to a separate weather system that broke numerous records on Thursday night.

Queensland's St George region had 47mm of rain which was the heaviest downpour it's seen in three years.

New South Wales' Inverell also broke a three year record with 61mm and even country Tamworth had its heaviest rain in five month with 39mm.

Victoria's Edenhope and Warrnambool both saw their heaviest rain in seven months with 35mm and 28mm of rain respectively.

Tasmania's Wynyard collection of 33mm was its heaviest in five months while the 17mm of rain in South Australia's Renmark was its heaviest in 13 months.

Queensland is also expected to be hit by something Higgins Storm Chasing dubbed a "rain bomb".

Queensland will be especially drenched over the next week with heavy rain expected over the northern, central and eastern parts of the state.

Sky News chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said the state will be hit with a downpour.

"For many cities and towns this will be the heaviest rain since Tropical Cyclone Debbie in early autumn," Mr Saunders said.

Drought affected parts of Queensland's Wide Bay/Burnett and Lower Burdekin/Herbert are also expected to receive some much-needed rain.

Central inland Queensland will also get some widespread falls.


Brisbane suffered through numerous flight delays this morning after a heavy fog blanketed the city. The fog was so thick, police advised morning commuters to take it easy on the roads.

Queenslanders in the central and southern areas of the state are being warned to be on alert for localised flash and river flooding.

Brisbane and southern Queensland, along with the north of NSW will also receive good falls this weekend.

Mr Saunders said the drenching will result from a volatile clash of warm, humid air off the Coral Sea with a pool of cold air moving north from the South Ocean.

"Airmass with different characteristics do not get along well and typically lead to severe weather events."

Our beaches are also going to be a little fresher this summer after temperatures approach La Niña levels in the coming months, cooling the Pacific Ocean.

Meanwhile, Sydney can expect warmer than usual days for October with most nights warmer than normal.


Sydney is looking at a wet weekend with cloudy days, a very high chance of showers and the temperature expected to hit a maximum of 20-degrees.

Perth is looking at scattered showers with an early thunderstorm expected on Saturday morning. Temperatures will reach the mid 20s.

Melbourne has little to no chance of rain but will receive some early morning fog. The mercury isn't expected to hit more than 20-degrees.

Brisbane has a high chance of showers on both days with chances of thunderstorms.

Hobart isn't expected to have any rain but the temperature will struggle to hit the mid teens.

Adelaide will also have a sunny weekend with temperatures in the low 20s.

Darwin will have a sweltering weekend with the mercury hitting the 30s and a chance of thunderstorms expected.

News Corp Australia

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