More rain and below-average temperatures on the way: What the weather looks like in your state as most of Australia’s east coast braces for a long weekend
- Rain and cool temperatures forecast for Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra
- The rain will subside on Monday for Labor Day, but temperatures will still be cool.
- NSW, South Australia, ACT and Queensland will have a day off on Monday
- WA and the Northern Territory will also be affected by storms over the weekend
Aussies on the east coast are in for a soggy and cool start to the Labor Day long weekend with lots of rain in the forecast.
Those living in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the ACT have welcomed a three-day weekend, but miserable weather can put a damper on plans for many.
Sydney and Brisbane will be drenched in rain on Saturday and Sunday, while Canberra will also have a wet Sunday.
Fortunately, wet conditions are expected to pass Monday in time for the holiday, but cooler-than-average temperatures have been forecast for eastern capitals.
The image shows the rain forecast for Monday at 13:00. Much of Australia’s west and east coast will have a soggy start to the week
Sydney will hit a high of just 18C on Saturday and Sunday, with up to 13mm of rain on both days.
By Monday, the rain will have abated and the port city will have a dry and mostly sunny day with highs of 20°C, before it rains again on Wednesday.
High wind warnings have been issued and dangerous surf is likely for the Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney and Illawarra coasts of New South Wales.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts that a large swath of rain will soak much of the coast from New South Wales to south-east Queensland this weekend.
Brisbane may see some showers on Saturday and it will be warm with highs of 24C.
But on Sunday, Queensland’s capital will see 4-10mm of rain, with highs of just 19C.
The sun will rise again on Monday in time for the bank holiday, with a low of 12C and a high of 23C.
Canberra will see a wet start to the weekend, with a high chance of showers and a high of 15 for Saturday, with rain to ease on Sunday and temperatures rising to a high of 20.
Monday will be partly cloudy with a high of 21 degrees.
Adelaide will be spared most of the wet conditions through Tuesday.
Sydney and Brisbane will be drenched in rain on Saturday and Sunday, while Canberra will also have a wet Sunday (Brisbane pictured)
Temperatures will also be warmer in the SA capital than on the East Coast, with highs of 22C and 24C forecast for Sunday and Monday.
Melbourne will also enjoy clear conditions for the next few days, with a high of 19C on Saturday and a high of 21C on Sunday.
Perth residents can make the most of their weekend, with a sunny 27C on Saturday and 24C on Sunday.
But farther north in WA will face wet weather with widespread thunderstorms forecast for the next few days.
The rain will slowly work its way from WA through the Northern Territory and South Australia to the East Coast.
The wet weather is the result of a series of channels drawing moisture from the Indian Ocean, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Hobart will see a partly cloudy weekend with temperatures peaking at 18C on Sunday and 17C on Monday.
Meanwhile, Darwin can expect storms to start on Saturday with heavy rain throughout the weekend.
FIVE-DAY FORECAST FOR CAPITAL CITIES
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 19.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 21.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 19.
Tuesday: Showers. Min 12 Max 20.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 14 Max twenty-one.
Saturday: Sunny. Min 13 Max 27.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 24.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 23.
Tuesday: Sunny. Min 9 Max 25.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 13 Max 22.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 10 Max 22.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 10 Max 23.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 24.
Tuesday: Showers. Min 16 Max 21.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 15 Max 21.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 3 Max 16.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 17.
Monday: Showers. Min 7 Max 13.
Tuesday: Cloudy. Min 7 Max 15.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 9 Max 17.
Saturday: Showers. Min 13 Max 18.
Sunday: Stopping rains. Min 10 Max twenty.
Monday: Sunny. Min 11 Max 22.
Tuesday: Showers. Min 15 Max 20.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 15 Max 20.
Saturday: Showers. Min 15 Max 23.
Sunday: Showers. Min 13 Max 19.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 23.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 24.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 15 Max 23.
Saturday: Showers. Min 9 Max 15.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 20.
Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 21.
Tuesday: Showers. Min 9 Max 16.
Wednesday: Showers. Min 8 Max 16.
Saturday: Showers, possible storm. Min 26 Max 33.
Sunday: Showers, possible storm. Min 25 Max 32.
Monday: Showers, possible storm. Min 25 Max 32.
Tuesday: Showers, possible storm. Min 25 Max 32.
Wednesday: Showers, possible storm. Min 25 Max 33.