Incredible map shows huge rain bomb striking Australia
Eastern Australia has been hit by storms and its first significant rainfall in months Melbourne was drenched as suburb of St Albans saw a month’s worth of rain Winds of up to 133 km/h battered the city, causing damage to several houses Meanwhile, New South Wales is bracing for its biggest splash since early spring BoM expects between 30 and 80mm of rain in the east of New South Wales Second weather system is forecast next week and could trigger supercell storms Eastern Australia has been hit by storms and its first significant rainfall in months, as the country continues to battle a deadly bushfire season. Storms rolled into Melbourne on Wednesday afternoon and slashed Sydney on Thursday morning, after a low pressure system swept across the east. A second weather system is forecast to hit Victoria, South Australia and western NSW from Monday, bringing more much-needed rain to the regions and triggering supercell storms. Sky News Weatherchief meteorologist Tom Saunders said: ‘By Monday, a cut-off low pressure system will bring widespread heavy rain.’ ‘We could see widespread severe weather with damaging wind gusts, further flash flooding and we could even see supercell storms. ‘So there’s going to be some big rain.’ Horror maps shared by Weatherzone showed the thunderstorms form over the east coast of Australia on Wednesday and Thursday. Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said a low pressure trough combined with moisture-laden air to produce the current widespread showers and thunderstorms. ‘While this type of weather pattern is not unusual for this time of year, it’s the first widespread rain and storm event we’ve seen in eastern Australia so far this season,’ he said. ‘Showers and storms will start to increase over Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria from Wednesday and continue to effect parts of eastern Australia each day, until at least early each next week.’ Downpours have already helped to extinguish 32 bushfires in New South Wales as the number of blazes fell from 120 to 88 on Thursday morning. Between Thursday and Sunday, the Bureau of Meteorology expects between 30 and 80mm of rain in the east of NSW. It means the end may be in sight for exhausted firefighters who have battled deadly fires for more than three months. A total of 28 people have died in the horror blazes and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed. Between 20mm and 40mm is also forecast in the ACT and the west of NSW where farmers have endured drought for three years. Greater Sydney – including areas hit by bushfires – is forecast to get 3-8mm on Thursday, 8-20mm on Friday and 8-26mm on Saturday.