Heavy rainfall in Sydney and severe weather warning in WA

After receiving more than a month’s worth of rain in less than a day, Sydneysiders can finally put away their umbrellas and enjoy some sunshine.

However, flood warnings remain in place around the Hunter area, with minor flooding on the Williams River and moderate flooding on the Wollombi River Brook, BOM senior meteorologist Dean Narramore said on Sunday.

Narramore said hazardous surf and beach conditions would continue into Monday for southern and central coastal areas of NSW.

This comes after rain hit the state on Saturday, with persistent moderate to heavy rainfall observed over the Sydney and Hunter areas.

Narramore said the heaviest rainfall on Saturday occurred around Sydney, with 171mm of rain in Rose Bay, 159mm in Little Bay and 143mm in the city itself.

“To put that in perspective, the monthly average for June is 132mm,” Narramore said.

“So, many of our eastern Sydney suburbs have seen a month’s worth of rain in just 12 to 18 hours.”

Narramore said the heavy rain was caused by a large band of rain that moved across the country in recent days and developed into a low pressure system offshore on Saturday, which pushed some of the rain back onto coastal areas of Sydney, The Central Coast and Hunter Districts.

“That low has continued to move further away, so we’ve seen rain and shower activity ease in the Sydney area with showers continuing in the Hunter,” Narramore said.

“But everything should clear by Sunday evening for a sunny Monday for much of NSW.”

While the rain had mostly cleared in Sydney on Sunday morning, Narramore said there could be some “light and isolated” coastal showers.

On the other side of the country, residents also used their umbrellas after a strong cold front hit Western Australia late Saturday.

“This brought with it heavy rain, damaging winds and severe thunderstorms,” Narramore said.

“We have a current severe weather warning from Kalbarri down to Albany

“This includes places such as Perth, Bunbury and extending to the interior parts of the Central Wheat Belt and Greater South.”

Narramore said there was widespread rainfall of between 30 and 50mm, including 42mm in Perth, and wind gusts in excess of 100km/h on Rottnest Island.

On Sunday, WA’s cold front is likely to continue moving inland as conditions begin to ease along the coastal strip and into the south-west, Narramore said.

But it will still be a windy day, with showers likely to contain local hail and thunder, as well as storm surge and storm surge, particularly around southwestern parts of Western Australia.

A warning remains in place for strong to gale force winds for some coastal waters, with a warning in place for sheep farmers in the lower western and south western districts.

Forecasts for capital cities:

Sydney:

Sunday: showers possible, max 5pm

Monday: sunny, high 7pm

Melbourne:

Sunday: partly cloudy, max 15

Monday: cloudy, max 14

Brisbane:

Sunday: sunny, high 11pm

Monday: sunny, high 9pm

Perth:

Sunday: shower or two, max 7pm

Monday: showers or two, max 20

Adelaide:

Sunday: sunny, high 5pm

Monday: becoming cloudy, max 17

Hobart:

Sunday: partly cloudy, max 13

Monday: rain, high 15

Canberra:

Sunday: partly cloudy, max 13

Monday: partly cloudy, max 13

Darwin:

Sunday: Mostly sunny, high 33

Monday: Mostly sunny, high 32

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