Rainy school holidays have begun in many parts of the country, with rain belts traversing the east of the country and widespread rain is expected.
Most schools in Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory start winter break on Monday, but New South Wales, ACT and Western Australia don’t start until the following week.
Winter school holidays in Tasmania and South Australia start on 10 July.
The grim outlook comes after a temperature record was broken in the south of the country, where emergency services rushed to rescue seven people in South Australia on Thursday night as floods hit the region. gone.
Angus Hines, senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said Adelaide received 42mm of rain, the heaviest 24-hour rainfall of the year.
Over the weekend, most parts of the country will see clear skies, with a high pressure system expected to stabilize weather in the north.
“Most of the weekend’s rain will be showers along the south coast,” Hines said.
“It will be around the corner of the country from Perth and all the way along the coast.”
Thunderstorms are possible in Adelaide over the weekend, but they won’t be as strong as they were earlier in the week.
Hobart gets showers early in the week that could reach Melbourne on Monday afternoon or early evening.
Much of New South Wales, including Sydney, and all of Queensland will get off to a good start to the school weekend before wet areas begin to spread across the country from the northwest.
A rain belt develops on Monday, but will ‘stay’ in the northern and central parts of the country until next week.
“It’s still unclear how much rain this will bring, but it should be fairly widespread across northern Washington, the southern Northern Territory, and the Southeast,” Hines said.
“Over the next weekend, we may move to parts of Queensland and New South Wales.
“In areas of the country that are usually dry at this time of year, significant rainfall areas may occur.”
Snowfall is possible in the Alps across Victoria, southern New South Wales and Tasmania, but will likely stay ‘higher’ in the mountains.
“We don’t expect a lot of snow across the Alps, but there could be showers, and there could be snow in the highlands,” Hines said.
The senior meteorologist also urged Australians traveling over the weekend and next week to stay up-to-date on weather forecasts and warnings for their area.
“Roads in areas where the rain belt is moving are likely to be affected,” he said.
“We’ll be in northern Washington, parts of the Northern Territory, and parts of the Southeast in the first half of the week, but may move to parts of Queensland and New South Wales later in the week.
“Monday we should have a clearer picture of what the rain will be like next week.”
This comes after several places in the south of the country hit record low temperatures this week.
On Thursday, temperatures in Horsham, Victoria hit a high of 8.7 degrees Celsius, the coldest June in 26 years.
In South Australia, Rove and Cape Jaffa set record lows of 10.2°C and 9.6°C respectively.
Marion, south of Adelaide, recorded 52mm of rain on Thursday night, setting a June record.
In the 24 hour window from 9am Thursday to 9am Friday, Adelaide recorded 42mm.
Wodehouse, about 20km southeast of Adelaide, recorded a whopping 96mm of rain.
https://thewest.com.au/news/rain-band-to-drench-left-side-of-country-nsw-and-qld-in-its-path-c-11074392 Rain belt floods left side of country: New South Wales and Queensland in its path