Australia's east coast to get drenched by 'beast from the south'

| 13.10,21. 04:41 PM |

Australia's east coast to get drenched by 'beast from the south'

Meteorologists warn a "beast from the south" will produce a dangerous mix of heavy rain, severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and snow over Australia's south-east as a week of spring wet weather continues.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also said the chances of a La Nina weather pattern heading into a wet summer is increasingly likely.

That means more rain, cooler days and warmer nights could be on the way in coming months.

It has upped the odds of this happening from 50 to 70 per cent.

The Bureau of Meteorology said: "La Niña events increase the chances of above-average rainfall for northern and eastern Australia during spring and summer."

Meanwhile, wet weather will continue for parts of the nation today and tomorrow, after heavy rain smashed parts of Melbourne.

The Victorian city is about to cop a month's worth of rain over four days.

While October is traditionally the wettest month of the year in Melbourne and across most of Victoria, the state's capital has recorded 43mm of rain out of an average October's 66mm.

Now a mid-spring soaking is set to deliver another 50mm to 60mm in the space of just four days from today through to Saturday.

In NSW and the Australian Capital Territory, tomorrow is expected to be the day of highest impact with rain and thunderstorms expected across large parts of the state and territory and severe thunderstorms possible in multiple areas.

The storms will begin to form across the west of NSW from this afternoon and continue into tomorrow morning, before extending to more eastern parts of the region through the day and into tomorrow night.

Larger population centres, including Sydney and Canberra, may also experience thunderstorms.

In South Australia, a strong cold front which passed through the capital this morning and is now tracking eastwards, dropped temperatures significantly, meaning that in Adelaide the temperature all day will not get warmer than the 18.4C it was at midnight.

For example, the mercury only reached 10.9C around 8am in the city.

Weatherzone predicts Adelaide likely won't see another 20C day until Sunday and it'll be even cooler in the far south-east of the state, with Mt Gambier looking at maximums of 15C or 16C for the next five days.
More showers are expected for the east coast ahead of heavier rain and storms tomorrow.

It will be mostly sunny in Cairns and Townsville as well as Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The Gold Coast, Sydney and Canberra will see showers, with rain also on the way for Melbourne and Adelaide.


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