Australia's east coast has been lashed by torrential amounts of rain overnight with NSW one of the hardest hit.

Almost 500 calls for help were made to the State Emergency Services for help across NSW overnight, with property damage, wild surf and heavy flooding impacting several communities along the coast.

Newcastle flooding July 27, 2020.

Ferries in Sydney's north were cancelled earlier this morning due to the dangerous conditions and wild swells in the harbour, but normal services have since resumed after buses had replaced them.

Big delays are still expected for anyone commuting to work on the NSW South Coast, with train services suspended between Port Kembla and Wollongong.

Gale force winds will continue today with more than 100mm of rain expected along the east coast to add to the mess emergency crews are already struggling to clean up.

Newcastle flooding July 27, 2020.

NSW Police Minister David Elliot said he was frustrated a number of the calls for help were people who had become stranded in floodwaters.

"Tragically and very frustratingly, 20 of those requests for assistance have been floodwaters," Mr Elliot said.

"You wouldn't walk into a bushfire, so why people would drive into floodwaters is beyond me.

"That is the lives of SES volunteers that are unnecessarily being put at risk."

Here's the weather across Australia on Monday, July 27, 2020.


New South Wales and ACT

Heavy rain in the southeast, mainly coast with gusty winds. Snow on higher alps. Few showers northeast. Mostly sunny, cool-to-cold in the west.

Increasing heavy rain, strong winds and large swells are expected from about south of Grafton over the next few days, with a gusty front approaching the southwest.

Rainfall totals for the southwest will be much less than for the southeast, but 10mm is expected around the South West and Great Southern between about Bunbury and Albany.

Newcastle flooding July 27, 2020.

North west wind gusts near 90 km/h are predicted this afternoon as the front crosses. Swell will also increase to three to four metres from the southwest with the front.  

Winds will also be at their strongest of the next 48 hours in NSW from today, with southerly gusts over 90 km/h likely along coasts from the Central Coast southwards.

A severe weather warning has been issued for the Illawarra, South Coast and parts of Metropolitan and Snowy Mountains forecast districts.

A hazardous surf warning is also in place for New South Wales, in addition to an initial flood watch for the state's coastal river catchments. A minor flood watch stands for the Moruya and Deua Rivers.

Cloudy in Sydney with temperatures budging only two degrees, from 14 to a high of 16. Very high chance of showers, possibly heavy. Winds south to south-westerly, 25 to 40 km/h becoming south westerly 30 to 45 km/h before dawn.

Cloudy also in Canberra with a high chance of showers and temperatures spanning 7 to 13 degrees. Winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 30 to 35 km/h in the evening.


Cloudy over the east and south with showers, heavy northeast. Mostly sunny, cool over northwest.

A severe weather warning has been issued for East Gippsland and parts of North East and West and South Gippsland forecast districts. A flood watch is in place for East Gippsland catchments.

Cloudy in Melbourne, with a low of 8 and a high of 14. High chance of showers about the eastern suburbs, grading to a medium chance in the west. Showers easing later. Winds SW 15 to 20 km/h turning S 25 to 35 km/h during the morning. Queensland

Most showers clearing, cool with gusty winds over southeast. Cool and dry northeast. Mostly sunny and dry, cool over the west.

It comes after a coastal trough brought significant rainfall to northeast New South Wales and generated heavy rain over southeast Queensland on Saturday night. Mostly sunny otherwise in Brisbane, the mercury hitting a low of 13C before climbing to a top of 21. Winds W 15 to 20 km/h increasing to 30 to 45 km/h in the morning then tending NW 15 to 20 km/h in the evening.

Western Australia

Late showers, breezy, cool-to-mild in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the south. Sunny, very warm in the north.

Mostly sunny day in Perth, temperatures peaking at 23C, up from a low of 123. Very high chance of showers in the late afternoon and evening.

Winds north to north easterly 10 to 15 km/h tending N/NW and increasing to 25 to 35 km/h during the late morning before shifting south westerly, 15 to 25 km/h in the evening.

South Australia

Mostly cloudy, cool to cold in the southeast and central with isolated showers southeast. Fog then mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the west. Mostly sunny, cool in north.

Medium chance of light showers in the morning in Adelaide. Mostly sunny afternoon. Temperatures ranging between 9 to 16.

Winds south westerly to south 10 to 20 km/h tending south to south easterly 15 to 25 km/h from late morning.


Showers northeast and west, mainly southwest. Mostly sunny, cool to could in the southeast.

Partly cloudy in Tasmania, with a chilly low of 4 and a high of 13. Patchy morning fog. Medium chance of showers in the far south in the early morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

Winds westerly to north westerly 15 to 20 km/h turning south to south westerly 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the evening.

Northern Territory

Sunny, very warm in the north west Top End. Mostly sunny, gusty winds, mild-to-warm in Arnhem. Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild over the interior and south.

Sunny in Darwin with temperatures of between 19 and 33. Winds south easterly 25 to 35 km/h becoming light in the early afternoon then becoming SE 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.

A fire weather warning is in place for the Darwin and Adelaide River fire forecast districts.

With Weatherzone.

Source: 9News