BOM issues severe weather warning for most of the country

Australians can expect a wet start to winter as a 5,000km band of rain clouds continues to move across the country.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the cloud band will continue its eastward journey over the next few days and is expected to bring rain to 90% of the country by Sunday.

Widespread rainfall totals of 5 to 15mm are expected on Friday evening, senior meteorologist Sarah Scully, with isolated totals of up to 20-40mm also expected within the rain band.

“Saturday will continue to move eastwards into south-eastern parts of Queensland with patchy rain and showers continuing into eastern parts of NSW,” Scully said.

“Saturday night that low develops over the NSW coast and as we move into Sunday it starts to move east and really wrap the moist air into the coast there.”

By Saturday, northern NSW and parts of southern Queensland will receive some of the expected wet weather, with 15-50mm expected.

The brief respite from the first cloud band in Western Australia will be short-lived as a second cloud band is expected to develop over the state with signs indicating it will hit the outback by Monday.

Overall, at least 10mm of rain is expected to fall across two-thirds of Australia, on top of what has already been felt this week.

New South Wales

Ms Scully said there would be “another wet weekend for eastern parts of NSW”, but could not say exactly where the worst weather would be.

“The heaviest rain and strongest winds depend on the location, movement and proximity of the low to the coast,” he said.

“If the low remains slightly offshore, coastal impacts will be limited during the period, however if it is forecast to move closer to shore, the forecast may be updated to mention a low on the east coast.

“The low is expected to move south towards eastern Vic and the east coast of Tasmania early next week.”

Residents in parts of the Snowy Mountains district have been warned for damaging winds of up to 90km/h, with Jindabyne, Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo expected to be affected.

Damaging winds are expected to cease by late afternoon or early evening.

Rain is expected across Sydney on Friday, with a high of 22.

Tasmania

Strong winds are expected to affect residents in the forecast districts of King Island, Furneaux Islands, Western, Upper Derwent Valley, South East, North East, East Coast, North West Coast, North Central, Central Tablelands and the Midlands.

Specifically, damaging winds averaging 60-70 km/h with peak gusts around 100 km/h are expected to strike King Island and move eastward toward the state’s northeast coast and Furneaux Island Friday afternoon.

Hobart and the surrounding area are expected to be hit by damaging wind gusts until mid-afternoon.

Hobart will be partly cloudy with a shower or two expected and a high of 16.

Victory

The BOM has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for residents in parts of the East Gippsland and North East forecast districts.

Strong west to north-west winds averaging 50-60km/h with damaging gusts around 90km/h are forecast for Friday.

An initial minor flood warning has been issued for Seven Creeks.

Partly cloudy skies are expected in Melbourne with a high of 17.

Queensland

A thick blanket of fog enveloped Brisbane on Friday morning, prompting a weather warning on roads for commuters.

Today, reduced visibility in fog will make the situation dangerous for motorists, especially affecting the inner, southern and western suburbs.

Several flights were diverted from Brisbane Airport before operations could resume around 8.45am.

BOM senior meteorologist Harry Clark said the fog stretched from Moreton Bay to Brisbane’s western suburbs.

“We also saw quite heavy fog, so visibility was only 50 meters at Brisbane Airport overnight,” he said.

A marine wind warning has been issued for Gold Coast waters.

A shower or two is expected in Brisbane today, with a high of 25.

Western Australia

The BOM has issued a gale warning for the Leeuwin coast which will cross today and continue into Saturday.

Strong winds are expected to hit the Perth coast, the Bunbury Geographe coast and the Albany coast.

Moderate fire danger warnings have been issued for Swan Coastal North, Inland North and Coastal South.

Perth is expected to be hit with a shower or two and a top temperature of 22.

Australian Capital Territory

Motorists are being urged to take extra care this morning after heavy rain following a long dry spell is expected to make roads slippery and driving conditions dangerous in the Canberra area.

Cloudy weather with precipitation is expected in Canberra, with a maximum temperature of 16.

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