The inland however is becoming fine and dry with a southerly moving through with a cold airmass. The weather is expected to turn colder throughout today, reaching the far north later this morning.
Rain band slowly moving east, it is dry and clear over the western half of NSW with a cold southerly, in the east, rain with heavy falls moving through with the rainfall likely to clear offshore the east coast this afternoon and become heavy about the NSW coast later this morning through tonight.
Widespread rain over the southeast and east where some of that rainfall has turned to snow above 800m this morning. The rainfall slowly contracting to the coast today, the inland areas of the east should be dry by tonight. Heavy rainfall will continue about the coast.
Rainfall has been quite widespread overnight with some areas recording 1-2 months worth of rainfall for August with more rainfall over the east today. 50mm at Braidwood and Orange overnight with widespread 25-50mm through the GDR.
Snowfalls are also possible above 800m with the cold air and rainfall combining to produce this risk about the GDR. We have seen some wet snow reported this morning from some areas along the GDR.
Rainfall turns heavy at times about the coastal areas between Newcastle and Ulladulla with a strong southerly flow develop and a low bombing offshore this afternoon. This could see an additional 50-100mm for some coastal communities. There are now flood warnings on and west of the divide through NSW.
Damaging Winds are ongoing along the coast after winds of 100km/h over the South Coast overnight.
Farmers and Graziers Warning continues for today across much of southeast with these cold southerly winds and showery air. The risk will ease over the western districts later today.
The rain eases from Thursday as the low moves away but another trough over the South Coast could reinforce the showers and areas of rainfall down there. You can see the blue shading which is denoting wintry rainfall. The colder air is left over the southeast may bring a few showers back into the southeast inland during Friday, but light falls.
Another trough approaches on Friday and that could kick off some showers over the southern inland before yet another system approaches from the west later Friday over SA which could run into moisture over the eastern inland.
12Z GFS Surface Pressure Pattern for the coming 16 days
The low pressure system is beginning to develop offshore the NSW coast this morning, with a much colder day with wet weather over the east. The southeast will see partly cloudy cold conditions today in a southerly with that weather slowly warming up in Wednesday. There will be fine and warmer weather over in the west of the nation with a northeast flow and finally, a drier surge of weather is developing for northern parts of the NT and WA. A front will approach WA with a few showers and storms during Thursday and that system will move steadily east helping to push the pressure systems along the line to the east, including the low offshore NSW. Colder air stays trapped over the eastern inland of NSW and VIC bringing the risk of showers Friday again before a warmer Saturday and Sunday with a northwest flow. That is ahead of a low pressure system that develops out of the front which runs through the Bight. Showers may develop over SA, through VIC and NSW with this system. The most widespread rainfall over the weekend may develop through eastern QLD with an upper trough which could combine with onshore winds to bring a number of days of rainfall. That may persist through next week. A stronger system approaches the west of the nation early next week and that offers better rainfall potential for WA, SA and VIC once again in early September.
12z GFS Rainfall for the coming 16 days
Rainfall is most widespread today, we have already recorded falls over 50mm in many locations overnight. Rainfall of up to 100mm for parts of the east coast today before conditions ease on Wednesday. There will be more rainfall for eastern VIC in onshore southerly winds. Rainfall over the north today with a pulse of moisture pushing through ahead of a dry surge could drop local falls of 20mm over the northern Top End. Then the rainfall focus shifts back to WA with a front approaching the region Wednesday into Thursday. That system will move east bringing showers back through southern Australia this weekend but light falls for now. Up north the wettest part of the nation could be through eastern QLD with an upper trough triggering showers and storms later this weekend into next week. Another front approaching mid next week from WA could bring back widespread rainfall over southern and eastern Australia.
12z GFS Precipitable Water Anomalies next 16 days
You can see the moisture being absorbed into the developing low today and the dry air surging north sending the temperatures down. The dry air then takes a while to be modified across the nation. Moisture surges in from WA and through QLD later this week where the rainfall chances increase. The most widespread and deep moisture looks to be over QLD during this period and that is where we see widespread showers and storms develop over the weekend with moderate falls across a number of days. A stronger system next week may drag that moisture south and east lifting rainfall chances over the south. Then more moisture is likely to descend from the northwest Indian Ocean during the first week of September.
12z Euro Surface Pressure Pattern for the coming 10 days
The surface pressure pattern is in lock step with GFS with rain about today with a low developing over the east. That system moves away. We are then looking at a front developing over the Bight this weekend after passing through WA during the mid week. That system may bring moderate falls to WA mid week but lighter rainfall for SA. The weather turns more interesting over the east, with an upper trough over QLD possibly leading to showers and storms developing later this weekend into next week. A much stronger front over WA this time next week is the one that has the better rainfall potential for SA, VIC and NSW.
12z Euro Rainfall for the coming 10 days
Rainfall is most widespread today over the east which is well forecast and that rainfall will contract further east today. The majority of the nation from Wednesday away from the east coast is dry. The next front that passes through the SWLD may bring widespread showers and storms to the region before developing into a low pressure system bringing showers back to SA and VIC this weekend. Fine and dry weather is likely over much of the nation until this point. The rainfall then breaks out over the eastern inland of QLD with a developing trough combining with onshore winds, that may last well into next week. Then we are tracking a stronger front from WA through SA this time next week, which offers the better rainfall chances for SA, VIC and NSW.
12z Euro Precipitable Water Values next 10 days
The dry surge is moving through the nation today and that will reach the northern tropics by tomorrow clearing the first flare up of showers and storms north. Otherwise moisture redevelops over QLD in easterly winds through later this week, moisture surges in front of a developing wave moving over the SWLD and that spreads east. Then we have moisture building further throughout the nation and that looks to be lifted up by a strong cold front this time next week which offers the best rainfall chances for southern Australia post this system today.
Rainfall for the next 10 days
The wettest day is clearly today with the low moving east after a soaker last night. The rainfall will return through the weekend with patchy falls, then we likely wait for the stronger system for more statewide rainfall in about 10 days time with another low forming and passing through. Wild card system to watch during this period is over inland QLD with the moisture and upper trough later this weekend into next week, some of that moisture may drift into northern NSW.
I will have a climate update later this morning as well as a medium term forecast for the coming 2 weeks.