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Gale-force winds, potential flooding to smash east coast

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 12/07/2020 Ehsan Knopf

Wild weather is set to hit Australia's east coast in the coming days, with gale-force winds and heavy rain bringing dangerous surf and the risk of flooding along the NSW coastline.

From tomorrow, it is expected the state's south coast will receive a drenching of anywhere between 80 and 130mm of rain.

Big surf and strong winds are expected to move up the coast, bringing the wild weather to Sydney later in the week.

The conditions today caused a giant water spout to form off the coast of Bulli, south of Sydney, while a rainbow stretched over the harbour city and lightning lit up suburbs after the sun set.

The storm is forecast to hit Sydney on Tuesday, with waves up to five metres in height expected to pummel the coastline.

Beaches such as Bondi, which are exposed to the south, are expected to be hit particularly hard.

a car driving down a dirt road: A low pressure system will bring up to 100mm of rain along the NSW coastline from tomorrow. © 9News A low pressure system will bring up to 100mm of rain along the NSW coastline from tomorrow.

"It certainly will not be a good day to go out boating," the Bureau of Meteorology's Manager of Region East, Jane Golding, warned.

There are also warnings of gale-force winds and the potential for minor flooding.

"The landscape is still quite vulnerable at the moment because of the bushfires, so do keep an eye out for falling trees and things like that," Ms Golding warned.

a bridge over a body of water with a city in the background: Bondi is among the beaches expected to see waves up to five metres high as gale-force winds blast the coastline. © 9News Bondi is among the beaches expected to see waves up to five metres high as gale-force winds blast the coastline.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country a weak front approaching southwest Western Australia is generating large swells in addition to heavy showers and thunderstorms.

A low pressure system, front and troughs crossing the east today triggered rain and storms over parts of Queensland and Victoria, and snow in the highlands.

Onshore winds will also bring showers to parts of Tasmania and northern Queensland.

The downpour broke an extremely dry spell for much of western Queensland and NSW over the past couple of months - a spell which had continued well into July.

That all changed on Friday however for many areas, as a moisture-laden trough slowly made its way across the region.

A marine wind warning was issued earlier today for the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The national forecast

New South Wales

A few showers are expected to develop in Sydney, with a low of 9C and a high of 17C.

Victoria

More showers are on the way for Melbourne.

Temperatures are expected to range between 9 and 14C.

Queensland

Showers and rain are ahead for Brisbane, although things are expected to warm up, with the mercury climbing from 13C to a high of 23C.

Western Australia

Sunny weather is forecast for Perth, as well as a low of 7C and a high of 21C.

South Australia

Showers will ease later today in Adelaide. Temperatures will fall as low as 6C, before hitting a top of 15C.

Tasmania

Hobart residents will see a shower or two. The thermometer will drop to 5C and won't rise higher than 10C.

Australian Capital Territory

Late showers are anticipated for Canberra, as well as a low of 3C and a peak of 13C.

Northern Territory

Darwin will enjoy mostly sunny weather, a low of 23C and a high of 33C.

With Weatherzone.


Video: Wild weather heading towards NSW south coast (Sky News Australia)

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