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A cool and drizzly day is forecast for most capital cities around Australia today with heavy rain and below-average temperatures putting an end to a week of summer heat.

A cool and drizzly day is forecast for most capital cities around Australia today with heavy rain and below-average temperatures putting an end to a week of summer heat.

A broad trough is causing storms and rain in northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory, and southeastern states with particularly unseasonable conditions expected in Victoria.

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Onshore winds are bringing showers to the New South Wales and Queensland coasts after a severe heatwave earlier this week.

Sydney received 19mm of rain yesterday - the heaviest daily total for the year to date, and the first fall of more than 1.2mm since January 8.

Parts of the Northern Beaches recorded 17mm of rain overnight and Western Sydney has also received a solid 12mm as of 8am today with the wet weather set to continue throughout the day.

The conditions come after the city recorded its hottest Australia Day since 1960 when temperatures exceeded 40C in some areas before a snap change arrived on Wednesday.

While heavier rain is forecast for Sydney today, the heaviest rain in eastern Australia appears likely to fall in Victoria, with up to 100mm possible in northern parts of the sate.

A severe weather warning for heavy rain is in place for the Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western areas of NSW.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of possible flash flooding with totals of 40-70mm possible in a three-hour period due to thunderstorm activity in locations around Wagga Wagga, Albury, Griffith, Narrandera, Cobar and Ivanhoe.


In the six hours to 2am Condobolin has already recorded 66mm.

In Victoria, rain is developing over western parts of the state with a severe weather warning also in place for Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Wodonga, Stawell and Wangaratta for today.

The rain will extend eastwards across the state during the morning bringing widespread totals of 30 to 60mm across the warning area during the day, with isolated heavier falls of 80 to 90mm possible.

Conditions are expected to worsen into the afternoon with storms on the way before easing for the start of the weekend.

Elsewhere, a monsoon trough is generating heavy rain and storms across the northern tropics while southwestern WA braces for another day of severe fire danger.

Here is your state-by-state weather forecast for Friday, January 29 2021:

New South Wales and the ACT

Showers, wind easing, cool-to-mild in the east. Showers/storms, mild-to-warm in the southwest. The odd shower/storm, very warm in NW.

Sydney will be cloudy today with a minimum of 19C and a top of 23C. Very high chance of showers with humidity very high at 97 per cent.

Canberra for will be cloudy. Very high chance of rain. Heavy falls possible. Light winds with a minimum of 11C and a top of 19C.

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Showers, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Showers and storms, very warm in the northeast, heavy in far north. Mostly sunny, hot in the west, isolated storms in far west.

Brisbane will be partly cloudy. Medium chance of showers with a minimum of 22C and a top of 30C.

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Humid. Showers, a few storms, warm in the south. Rain/storms, warm in the northwest. Showers increasing and late thunder, mild in the northeast.

Melbourne will be humid and cloudy with a minimum of 17C and a top of 23C. Very high (near 100 per cent) chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm with heavy falls, most likely during the morning, and again later in the evening.

South Australia

Heavy showers, warm in the southeast. Clearing showers, warm in central. Clearing showers, mild-to-warm in the west and north.

Adelaide is expected to be partly cloudy but warm with a minimum of 19C and maximum of 27C.

Western Australia

Sunny, warm-to-very warm in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool-to-mild in the south. Sunny, very warm in the northwest. Heavy showers and and storms, warm in the northeast.

Perth will be hot and sunny today with temperatures expected to reach 34C this afternoon in the city.

Very hot conditions, with a fresh to strong and gusty sea breeze developing about the northern west coast are contributing to severe fire danger for the Exmouth Gulf Coast, Gascoyne Coast and Coastal Central West and North.

Northern Territory

Showers and storms, warm in the northwestern Top End. Late thunder, very warm in Arnhem. Late thunder, very warm-to-hot over the interior and south.

Darwin will be cloudy and warm with a very high chance of rain and a minimum daytime temperature of 25C and top of 30C. The chance of a thunderstorm with gusty winds.


Mostly cloudy, rain developing, mild in the south. Mostly cloudy, rain developing, cool-to-mild in the south.

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Hobart will be cloudy with a very high (near 100 per cent) chance of rain in the late afternoon and evening. Daytime maximum temperatures between 18C and 23C.

- Reported with Weatherzone

Source: 9News

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