Heavy rainfall in Sydney and severe weather warning in WA

After receiving a month’s worth of rain in less than one day, Sydney residents can finally put away their umbrellas and enjoy the sunshine.

However, flood warnings remain in effect for the Hunter area. Light flooding is expected on the Williams River and moderate flooding on the Wollombi Brook River, said Dean Narramore, senior meteorologist at the BOM, on Sunday.

Mr Narramore said dangerous surf and beach conditions would also continue in the southern and central coastal areas of NSW until Monday.

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

Mr Narramore said the heaviest rainfall on Saturday was in the Sydney area, with 171mm of rainfall in Rose Bay, 159mm in Little Bay and 143mm in the city itself.

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

“Many of our eastern suburbs in Sydney received as much rain in just 12 to 18 hours as they would normally receive in a month.”

Mr Narramore said the heavy rainfall was caused by a large rainband that had moved across the country in recent days and developed into a low pressure area off the coast on Saturday, pushing some of the rain back into coastal areas of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter districts.

“The low pressure system has now moved further away so we have seen rain and shower activity easing in the Sydney area while showers continue to occur in the Hunter Valley,” Narramore said.

“But by Sunday night it should all clear up and there should be a sunny Monday across much of NSW.”

While the rain in Sydney had largely stopped by Sunday morning, Mr Narramore said there could still be a few “light and isolated” showers on the coast.

On the other side of the country, residents also unpacked their umbrellas after a strong cold front hit western Washington late Saturday.

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

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

“This includes places like Perth, Bunbury and also inland parts of the central wheatbelt and the great southern region.”

Mr Narramore said there had been widespread rainfall of 30 to 50mm, including 42mm in Perth, and wind gusts of over 100km/h on Rottnest Island.

On Sunday, Western Australia’s cold front is likely to move further inland, while conditions on the coast and in the southwest gradually ease, Mr Narramore said.

However, it will remain a windy day with showers possibly bringing hail and isolated thunderstorms, as well as high seas and swells, particularly in the south-western parts of WA.

A strong to gale force wind warning remains in effect for some coastal waters. A warning is in effect for sheep pastures in the lower western and south western districts.

Forecast for capital cities:

Sydney:

Sunday: possible showers, max. 17

Monday: sunny, max 19

Melbourne:

Sunday: partly cloudy, max 15

Monday: cloudy, max 14

Brisbane:

Sunday: sunny, max 23

Monday: sunny, max 21

Perth:

Sunday: one or two showers, max. 19

Monday: one or two showers, maximum 20

Adelaide:

Sunday: sunny, max 17

Monday: increasingly cloudy, max. 17

Hobart:

Sunday: partly cloudy, max 13

Monday: Rain, max. 15

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Sunday: partly cloudy, max 13

Monday: partly cloudy, max 13

Darwin:

Sunday: mostly sunny, max 33

Monday: mostly sunny, max 32

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