EARLY BIRD EDITION - THE COLD OUTBREAK CONTINUES FOR THE NATION BUT WHAT ABOUT THE RAIN OUT WEST?

There are two areas of interest on the charts this morning with a cold outbreak rotating through SA, VIC and NSW/ACT with light to moderate rainfall ongoing and cold squally winds.


There is a weak cloud band leaving the east today and a dry spell is forecast to sit over the interior, with a settled and benign week of weather on the way so not much change to the forecast for inland NT, QLD, northern SA and NSW.


The next weather maker on the board is forecast to approach WA from Wednesday and how much of an influence this has on the coastal areas is determined by the high-pressure system over the Bight and whether this moves east in time to bring drier weather to southeast but bringing weather back into the western interior.


Let's see where that next weather maker goes.


The cold outbreak continues over the southeast today with more light to moderate rainfall, extending back into SA but drier weather over WA and much of the interior though cool. The rainfall over QLD should contract east today and clear and a few storms possible over the northern tropics.

Another cloud band develops over northern QLD with areas of mainly light rain and storms for the Cape York region extending over the Top End. Showers continue over the southeast but mainly for VIC following another cold front during Tuesday. Storms approach the west coast later in the day with the bulk of the state remaining dry, but the weather system is moving east.

The major rainfall event in the west heads through interior parts during the latter part of this week with more above average rainfall. There will likely be a large cloud band feeding over northern and northeastern parts of the nation with a strong upper-level jet running into that deep moisture. Showers and drizzle for the southeast to end the week too, with colder weather persisting over much of the central and eastern inland with high pressure slowly moving in.

Another weak cloud band tries to develop over QLD later in the weekend coming, but the support for rainfall is not there, with high pressure close by. The southeast clears out thanks to the high with cold nights and frosty starts this weekend but dry days. Another cold front moves over the SWLD of WA with showers and storms. The bulk of the remainder of the nation dry with increasing temperatures.

A weakening front approaches SA with patchy rainfall later in the day. Showers over the southeast with a weak front passing through TAS. Fine weather most elsewhere with warmer days on the way as the flow shifts into the north and northwest. A weak cloud band over WA may bring rain to the outback.

More coming up from 8am EST with the next video. See you then,