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Revellers on Australia’s east coast face grey and cloudy skies


#Australians planning to park themselves on the couch this #New #Year’s #Eve instead of heading out may not be missing much with grey and cloudy weather conditions expected.

#Conditions for cities along the east coast, including #Sydney, #Brisbane and #Melbourne, will be grey and cloudy, according to a senior meteorologist at the weather bureau.

“If you are staying indoors (on #New #Year’s #Eve) it won’t be such a bad thing because it will be quite grey for many cities,” senior meteorologist #Jonathan #How told NCA #NewsWire on #Thursday.

#Storms and showers were expected for much of the country’s north, and the only cloud-free parts of the country would be the west and #Central #Australia, he said.

#In #Brisbane there’s cloudy skies and the chance of showers expected right up until the stroke of midnight, and in #Sydney showers are expected to clear before the fireworks.

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The nation’s capital #Canberra will be cloudy, but it will be mostly dry for revellers there.

#Melburnians can expect humid and cloudy conditions as they celebrate the end of 2020.

“But for #New #Year’s #Day things are looking a bit more interesting. #We’re going to see humidity increasing and the chance of afternoon showers and storms,” #Mr #How said.

#In #Hobart the cloudy and cool conditions will continue from #New #Year’s #Eve right into the first day of 2021.

#Adelaide is looking “quite nice” with dry and mild weather, and #Perth is looking at clear conditions with a hot first day of the new year expected.

#But #Darwin should expect showers and storms on #Thursday and into #Friday.

#Unfortunately, the grey skies are expected to worsen for the first few days of 2021 across the east coast with thunderstorms predicted across #Queensland, NSW, the ACT and #Victoria.

“Heading into the new year it is looking to be a very active time over much of eastern #Australia due to a lot of tropical moisture moving in from the #Coral #Sea, and that’s going to trigger a lot of thunderstorm activity,” #Mr #How said.

#He urged those travelling around during the early days of #January to heed warnings and be aware heavy storms bring the risk of flash flooding.

“For #Friday we are looking at pretty widespread storms around the east with a real focus on western #Victoria, eastern #South #Australia and western NSW as well,” the meteorologist explained.

#In those areas there could be heavy rainfall and the possibility of large hail as well as damaging winds.

#However, compared with last year the bushfire risk was lower in the eastern states, he said.

“Thankfully, this year there are very few active bushfires, and because there is so much moisture in the air, dry lightning is not going to be such a risk this time because there will be so much more rainfall around.”

#But temperatures are expected to soar in #Western #Australia for the first few days of #January, with highs in the low to mid-40C range.

“I’m not expecting records to be broken, but it will be quite high,” #Mr #How said.

There will also be “severe to extreme” weather conditions developing in central WA, southern parts of the #Northern #Territory and northern parts of #South #Australia.



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