The stunning New Year weather scorching Australia’s east coast is set to violently change as a tropical cyclone brings in a week of torrential rain from Wednesday.
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have been basking under clear skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s through the early stages of 2022, after heavy rainfall dampened the final weeks and months of 2021.
The summer sunshine will remain until midway through the week when it is quickly replaced by heavy thunderstorms and rain – which is set to last through the weekend.
A woman enjoys the stunning New Year weather at Coogee as thousands hit Sydney’s beaches to enjoy a break from the rain (pictured on New Year’s Day)
The summer sunshine will remain until midway through the week when it is quickly replaced by heavy thunderstorms and rain set to last through the weekend (pictured, Sydney on December 23)
The Gold Coast and parts of northern NSW have severe warnings in place as Tropical Cyclone Seth smashes the region.
Beaches have been closed as high tides and dangerous conditions impact the ocean.
There have been winds recorded hitting 85 km/h near Hervey Bay on the NSW north coast as a result of the cyclonic weather.
Waves have exceeded three metres, with experts saying the storm cell will remain through Monday.
Sydney sweltered under temperatures in the high 20s in the city and east on Sunday, with Parramatta exceeding 30.
A large low pressure system is moving down from the ocean off the top of Australia, bringing with it cyclonic winds and heavy rain
Sydney sweltered under temperatures in the high 20s in the city and east on Sunday, with Parramatta exceeding 30
Tens of thousands of people flocked to the beaches despite several also being closed due to dangerous conditions.
The Harbour City will see pleasant tops of 26C on Monday and Tuesday before the weather takes a vicious turn for the worst.
There are storm warnings in place for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with rain set to last through until next week.
After a December that saw Sydney drown under 132.8mm, nearly double the long-term average of 77.1mm, the New Year will start in similar fashion with as much as 10mm expected for the opening three days of the Sydney Ashes test.
Melbourne will see mild tops of 21 on Monday and 23 on Tuesday but clear days before the rain hits the Victorian capital.
Storms are expected for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with rain lasting through until Monday.
Sydney drowned under 132.8mm of rain in December, nearly double the long-term average of 77.1mm
Brisbane will have a hot Monday and Tuesday exceeding 30C before the storm cell hits the Queensland capital as well.
The rain arrives on Wednedsay before storms and heavy downpours are expected on Thursday and Friday.
The worst of it should have passed by Saturday and Brisbane is expected to have a hot and sunny Sunday.
Canberra will see a brief break in rain from the weekend on Tuesday before it too cops the storm system making its way across the east coast.
High temperatures combined with high chances of rain signal uncomfortable conditions for residents living in the nation’s capital.
Perth’s glorious summer continues with temperatures in the low 30s and sunny days predicted for the entire week.