It seems sadly fitting that the distressing year that was 2021 will close with a chaotic swirl of weather events in Australia.
This New Year’s Eve in Australia is set to feature everything from a potential heatwave to mammoth amounts of rainfall to a possible tropical cyclone, as per news.com.au. Take a look below at the weather delights you can expect in your state as the country welcomes in 2022 with mostly a wet whimper.
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Prepare for a wet hot summer, Queenslanders. Next year is expected to start with two full months of rain in just eight days in the state’s northern areas, an absolutely huge deluge.
The North Tropical Coast and Tablelands and parts of the Herbert and Lower Burdekin could face up to 300m of rainfall. Minor flooding is also expected in tropical Queensland.
Elsewhere in the state, Brisbane will have decent temperatures of 27C on NYE and 26C the following day, with only potential showers to worry about.
Victoria and Tasmania
A heatwave is a potential hazard in southeastern Australia on NYE. “We’ve got a heatwave developing there from about Thursday to Sunday,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said yesterday.
“We’ll be watching a severe heatwave particularly for Northern Victoria, into the Murray and the far south of NSW and a small pocket of Tasmania.”
Melbourne, though, will face less extreme temperatures than elsewhere. There is a potential high of 34C on NYE and 36C on January 1st but the nighttime will luckily offer cooler temperatures of 18C and 19C.
Adelaide, meanwhile, will enjoy temperatures of 36C and 37C on NYE and NYD, with rain limited in the city.
If you’ll be up north this weekend, you’re in luck because initial fears of a tropical cyclone has thankfully diminished. The Northern Territory will still face heavy rainfall and potential storms, though, due to a tropical low emanating from the state’s top end.
NYE in Darwin is set to be a bright one, with a high of 34C and low of 27C. A thunderstorm is potentially brewing for the following day sadly.
Is it any surprise that WA is expected to have a hot one? Christmas saw Perth break a five decade-old record for the hottest Christmas ever with a recording of 42.9C in the afternoon but the heat is set to simmer this weekend. It’s looking like being 32C on NYE and 33C on NYD in Perth, with similar temperatures expected afterwards.
There are fire warnings in place for other parts of the states, including the Gascoyne and Coastal Central West-North. A severe fire warning is in place for the Central Wheat Belt, Inland Central West, Lower West (including Perth), Pilbara, North Interior and southern areas of the Coastal Central West areas.
NYE is set to be the a very sunny day for Sydney, with a high of 29C expected both then and the following day in the centre of the city.
Western Sydney could face more extreme heat, with a potential high of 33C on Friday. There’s only a small chance of showers across the entire weekend.