Four Australian capitals are warned to brace for ‘unusually cold temperatures’ as more storms brew for eastern states.
While calmer and drier conditions are expected for parts of the eastern states through Saturday and Sunday, widespread rains and storms are coming next week.
The Bureau of Meteorology said South Australia, western Victoria and New South Wales will see increased showers and storms on Sunday, which will then spread to other parts of the country.
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The Bureau warned that Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra can expect a significant drop in temperatures, brought on by the weather system.
“Rain and thunderstorms will spread across much of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania on Monday with moderate to heavy falls, particularly over and west of the New South Wales Ranges. -South Wales and North East Victoria,” he said on Friday.
“Heavy rain is possible for flood-affected areas in New South Wales, which may prolong or renew river flooding.
“This system will also bring abnormally cold temperatures to much of southern and eastern Australia, including Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart and Canberra on Monday.
“Maximum temperatures are expected to be 8-16C below average.”
Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup is also expected to hit a peak temperature of 14C, the coldest since 1995.
Victoria has received an onslaught of heavy rain this month with thousands of residents forced to evacuate along the congested Murray and Lodden rivers as water levels near record highs.
Melbourne’s outer suburb of Lilydale was destroyed by an isolated storm this week, leading to flooding of homes and businesses and submerged cars on busy roads.
The deluge started around 4.30pm on Tuesday with 44mm of rain recorded in just 30 minutes. A total of 66mm of rain fell over the Yarra Ranges region.
Last weekend residents of Echuca, Kerang and Moama were told to leave immediately as the Murray River approached a peak of 95 metres, the highest level in 100 years.
The region still remains under several severe emergency warnings.