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Thunderstorms and widespread rains are forecast to arrive in several states today as the first major storm event descends on the east coast.

Thunderstorms and widespread rains are forecast to arrive in several states today as the first major storm event of spring descends on the east coast.

Low pressure troughs are triggering showers and thunderstorms over parts of Queensland, northeast NSW, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.

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"We're going to see very widespread thunderstorms all the way from the Top End down through western Queensland, eastern South Australia, western New South Wales, into Victoria as well," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jonathan How said.

Things are expected to ease on Saturday, but wild weather is still expected around north-east Victoria, eastern NSW and, importantly for the footy, eastern Queensland.

Troughs are also maintaining heat across northern Australia with parts of WA reaching catastrophic fire danger today.

A cold front near Tasmania is bringing a few showers, mainly to the east.

Here's the weather across Australia on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

NSW and the ACT

Becoming warmer throughout. Few showers/storms northeast. Cloud increasing over the west and south.

Sydney will be partly cloudy with a minimum of 16C and maximum of 25C.

Slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the W in the afternoon.

The ACT will be mostly sunny with temperatures forecast to reach a top of 23C. Slight chance of a shower this afternoon.

Queensland

Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm in the east. Late shower, hot in the northwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the southwest.

Cloudy with a minimum of 18C and maximum of 26C in Brisbane.

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High chance of showers during the morning and afternoon, clearing in the evening. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon, clearing in the evening.

There has been a cancellation of severe thunderstorm warnings however the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

Victoria

Possible late shower, mild to warm in the southwest. Mostly sunny, mild in the southeast. Increasing cloud, warm in the northwest. Fog then sunny, warm in the northeast.

A slightly cooler day is forecast in Melbourne with temperatures ranging between 9C and 18C.

Conditions will be partly cloudy with patchy fog about the nearby hills early this morning. Light winds and afternoon bayside sea breezes.

South Australia

Showers developing over southeast and central. Mild to warm. Showers/storms, very warm in the west. Mostly cloudy, very warm-to-hot in north.

A warm day is forecast in Adelaide with a maximum of 28C today. Cloud increasing with medium chance of showers developing this afternoon and evening.

Western Australia

Showers/storms, cool to mild over south and South West. Windy, warm in the northwest. Mostly sunny, hot in the northeast.

Partly cloudy conditions expected in Perth with temperatures ranging between 12C and 25C.

Very hot and dry conditions with fresh to strong west to northwesterly winds.

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Northern Territory

Mostly sunny, very warm in the north. Chance storms northwest. Late shower, very warm-to-hot over the interior and south.

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Mostly sunny in Darwin with a minimum of 25C and maximum of 33C.

There is a slight chance of a shower about the Cox Peninsula, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tasmania

Showers, mild in the southwest. Late shower, mild in the southeast. Mostly cloudy, mild in the northwest. Showers, mild in the northeast.

Partly cloudy with temperatures ranging from 9C to 16C in Hobart. Slight chance of a shower, most likely during this afternoon and evening.

- Reported with Weatherzone

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/australia-weather-forecast-thunderstorms-east-coast-qld-nsw-vic-catastrophic-fire-danger-wa/00be0ba2-657d-4fea-b68c-aceeae798ced

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