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AustraliaFour seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts

02:50  17 september  2019
02:50  17 september  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sydney is expected to be drenched with rain on Tuesday and overnight The east coast of Australia is bracing for a wild day of weather bringing rain, snow and dry lightning causing bushfires.

Parts of the coast are being hit with the heaviest rain in three months as a huge front moves eastward from inland.

The frontal system was bringing rain set to last through Tuesday and overnight.

Sydney had a forecast maximum of just 15C with persistent rain and the nearby Blue Mountains was even enduring snowfall.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned motorists to take care as snow started to fall on Tuesday morning along the Great Western Highway at Mount Boyce.

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Pictures from Katoomba showed the town caked in snow as flakes fell from a white sky.

Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Parts of the coast are being hit with the heaviest rain in three months as a huge wet front moves west from inland. Pictured: Weather map for Tuesday

The central coast, Newcastle and the mid-north coast of New South Wales was set to bear the brunt of the rainfall which could be up to 100mm - four inches in the old measure.

Canberra will see up to 25mm of rainfall, an amount it has not experienced since July.

The rain had fallen in pockets in the drought-stricken rural west of New South Wales, but the region still needed much more to alleviate the dire water shortages.

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Meanwhile in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, there will be no rain but thunder and dry lightning which could spark more bushfires.

Melbourne, on the other hand, will avoid the harsh weather and enjoy a sunny but cool day with highs of 13C.

Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sydney will face temperatures of 14C and rain all day and the Blue Mountains is even enduring snowfall. Pictured: Snow in Katoomba

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Abrar Shabren told Daily Mail Australia: 'A front is moving from the west bring rainfall to the south east before it will end up in the Tasman Sea.

'The central and mid-north coast will see the most rain as a low pressure system falls off Newcastle.

'Further north there will be thunderstorms and dry lightning in areas where fires are burning.

Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The rain has already fallen in pockets in the west of New South Wales, but it was not enough to alleviate drought stricken farmers 'There will be a south-westerly wind with the possibility of raised dust - so tough conditions to fight fires.'

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The rain is hitting from Sydney's northern beaches towards Nelson Bay, with up to 80mm anticipated along the coastline.

Weather meteorologist Craig McIntosh told Daily Mail Australia rain on Tuesday would be 'widespread' and could bring storms, as well as between 20 and 40mm of rainfall to Sydney.

'Heaviest falls on Tuesday are north of Batemans Bay to Port Macquarie,' he said.

Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The rain is hitting from Sydney's northern beaches towards Nelson Bay, with up to 80mm anticipated along the coastline 'Potential for storms tomorrow definitely... Majority of thunderstorms should be northern.'

Sydneysiders are warned to prepare for a resurgence of cooler weather, with a maximum temperature of 13 degrees expected on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said temperatures in Sydney dropped seven degrees in one hour on Monday afternoon.

'A strong change is continuing to move up the coast. It's producing wide spread gusts of 40 to 60 km/hr and caused temperatures in Sydney to drop seven degrees in one hour,' the bureau said.

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Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A firefighter works to contain a bushfire in Angourie, New South Wales, Australia, 10 September 2019

'Heavy rain likely to begin in some coastal areas tonight.'

A strong wind warning was in place for Tuesday along the southeast coast of New South Wales.

There was a gale warning for the Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast and Sydney Coast.

A gale warning is for wind up to 47 knots per hour - which is 87 kilometres an hour.

Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Up to 80mm of rain is expected in Sydney on Tuesday, following a storm late on Monday afternoon Rain was expected to ease by Friday, which will be dry, but the showers will return on Saturday and Sunday.

While parts of the coastline were set to be soaked, fire danger remained further north.

Dry, gusty thunderstorms were forecast to sweep through tinder-dry southeast Queensland on Tuesday, fanning existing fires and sparking new ones.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the storms, which have a lot of lightning and very little rain, could build up anywhere between the Queensland-NSW border and Kingaroy in the afternoon.

'The balance is going to be on the bad side of the ledger, because there won't be too much rainfall,' said senior forecaster Jonte Hall.

Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The wet weather will ease as the week continues, but will return over the weekend

'There will be a fair bit of cloud-to-ground lightning which has the potential to start new fires.'

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Four seasons in one day: Big wet smashes the east coast with the heaviest rain in months - as bushfire danger remains while SNOW falls in other parts
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Mr Hall said high temperatures and 'gusty and erratic winds' would make fire fighting conditions volatile before a cold front pushes through late on Tuesday evening.

More than 40 fires were still burning across the state on Monday.

Officials warned that some could burn for months because the ground was bone-dry and there was no significant rain in sight.

Authorities focused their recent efforts on strengthening containment lines around blazes across the state.

The Sarabah fire remained of the most concern to authorities because it was burning in valleys within the inaccessible Scenic Rim.

That fire had destroyed 11 homes and significantly damaged the historic Binna Burra mountain lodge.

Police were investigating whether it was lit deliberately.

WEATHER AROUND AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY

Tuesday - Rain, windy. Min 10 - Max 17

Wednesday - Showers, wind easing. Min 12 - Max 19

Thursday - Shower or two Min 15 - Max 22

MELBOURNE

Tuesday - Sunny. Min 5- Max 15

Wednesday- Sunny. Min 4 - Max 19

Thursday - Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 23

BRISBANE

Tuesday - Possible shower developing. Min 14 - Max 30

Wednesday - Mostly sunny. Min 14 - Max 27

Thursday - Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 26

DARWIN

Tuesday - Sunny. Min 20 - Max 33

Wednesday - Sunny. Min 21 - Max 33

Thursday - Sunny. Min 20 - Max 33

ADELAIDE

Tuesday - Sunny. Min 4 - Max 17

Wednesday - Sunny. Min 8 - Max 24

Thursday - Possible dust, windy. Min 15 - Max 30

HOBART

Tuesday - Partly cloudy. Min 2 - Max 15

Wednesday - Mostly sunny. Min 3 - Max 18

Thursday - Mostly sunny. Min 5 - Max 22

PERTH

Tuesday - Partly cloudy. Min 12 - Max 22

Wednesday - Showers, possible late storm. Min 13 - Max 22

Thursday - Cold, shower or two. Min 10 - Max 16

CANBERRA

Tuesday - Morning shower or two. Min 1 - Max 12

Wednesday - Partly cloudy. Min 1 - Max 16

Thursday - Partly cloudy. Min 5 - Max 21

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