IF YOU’RE like most people you’re probably looking forward to a long weekend of sun, footy grand finals and possibly a barbecue or two.
Well sorry, but unless you happen to live in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, your long weekend is not only going to be long but probably pretty wet too.
The country’s biggest cities will win a small reprieve from the superstorm which has pummelled the country’s southeast, but it certainly won’t last all long weekend.
South Australia has copped the brunt of the intensive low pressure system which has whipped up gale force winds, and produced massive rainfall and monster tides.
The storm system moved into Victoria yesterday and will hit NSW and Tasmania today.
Manager of the Bureau of Meteorology’s extreme weather desk Philip King said the weather system which was battering four states was large and intense, adding it wasn’t going away in a hurry.
“This system continues to move across Victoria and will bring more falls to central and the southern slopes of NSW,” Mr King said.
“Tasmania can expect extensive falls over the north and northeast of the state.”
Mr King said the system would stabilise today bringing moderate falls across large areas of the four states.
But he said the reprieve wouldn’t last long with the system intensifying again over the weekend.
“We can expect a fair bit of rain over western Victoria and southern NSW with around 30-50mm of rain,” he said.
“By Friday the rain will move over Tasmania, bringing significant falls there.”
Sydney and Melbourne will be spared most of the rainfall but a cold front moving through on Sunday/Monday means it probably won’t be beach weather.
He said the overall trend across the four states was a respite tomorrow before the next front moved in on Sunday which will bring widespread further falls and cooler weather.
Here’s what we’re in for across the country this long weekend:
Showers are expected to ease today and tomorrow as the low pressure system moves to Tasmania, but rain will continue to fall in the state’s southeast.
Adelaide will hit a top of 15C today and will stay partly cloudy tomorrow with a top of 22C.
By Sunday the city can expect another deluge with tops of 23C while Monday is looking chilly with another cold front moving in, which will send the mercury plummeting to just 16C.
Rain will stick around tomorrow across the state’s southwest but is expected to clear in time for the Sydney Swans and Western Bulldogs grandfinal clash at the MCG.
Melbourne will have some showers in the morning but they are expected to clear in time for the big game.
But the reprieve won’t last too long as rain and strong winds are expected to lash the state’s north with showers forecast for the city and surrounds on Sunday.
Melbourne can expect a top of 15C tomorrow, 18C on Saturday and 23C and showers on Sunday.
The BoM said a severe weather warning has been issued with flood warnings also in place across the state.
Mr King said the coastal areas of the state will avoid the worst of the weather.
The storm system will continue to move across the state today, bringing moderate rainfalls to southwest regions.
The Lachlan River is also predicted to peak next week near Condobolin and Euabalong, with 10 other flood warnings remaining in place.
The system will move west on Saturday bringing further falls which will hang around until Monday.
Sydney will hit a top of 18C today and will also receive decent weather for Sunday’s NRL grandfinal between the Sharks and Storm with a high of 22C.
The city will hit a warm and sunny high of 26C on Sunday and 25C on Monday with showers forecast.
But Mr King said it was a different story in the state’s west with regions and towns including Wagga Wagga set to receive 30mm of rain and lows of just 12C tomorrow, 22C on Sunday and 16C on Monday.
The low has already hit bringing strong winds and falls of up to 50mm.
The system will clear tomorrow before increasing again on Sunday bringing more rain.
Hobart can expect a top of 17C today, 17C tomorrow and 20C on Sunday.
There will be a low of 11C on Monday with more showers expected and a high of 17C.
Brisbane will hit a top of 24C today, however the BoM has issued flood warnings for several rivers including the Dawson, Balone and Moonie.
The weekend’s weather is looking great with highs of 27-28C.
But showers are predicted for Monday so you might want to rethink those barbecue plans.
A cold front moved across Western Australia earlier in the week bringing showers to many areas including Perth.
While the forecast is for mostly clear for today, showers and tops of between 18-20C are expected for the rest of the week making it a very long and wet weekend.
The Top End isn’t immune to the wild weather, with thunderstorms hitting Darwin from now until next Tuesday.
Temperatures are likely to hover around 34C, but no weather warnings are in place.