Contrasting Fortunes: Eastern States Rejoice in Storms While Western Australia Swelters
Will the storms continue to bring relief, or will the heatwave persist?
As Western Australia experiences record-breaking heat, eastern states are benefiting from an extended run of stormy days, bringing relief from drought while increasing the risk of fires. This pattern is set to continue throughout the weekend, with humid and stormy weather for the east and scorching heat and extreme fire danger for the west. So, what’s causing this stark difference in weather?
Eastern states have been fortunate this month as relentless storms have brought much-needed rain, making this one of the wettest Novembers on record. Last year’s wet November caused flooding, but this year, the rain is a welcome relief following a dry period from August to October. The rainfall has replenished the soil and diminished the chances of another catastrophic fire season.
Notable rainfall totals have already been recorded in various locations. Georgetown in Queensland received 160 millimeters of rain, triple the average for November. Coonamble in New South Wales received 114 millimeters, double the average. Territory Grape Farm in the Northern Territory received 78 millimeters, nearly triple the average. In south-west Queensland, a fierce storm brought around 300 millimeters of rain, triggering major flooding along Wallam Creek.
The storm outbreak will continue over the weekend, with thunderstorms forecasted for most of eastern and northern Australia. While heavy falls are expected, it’s important to note that thunderstorms can be unpredictable and not all areas will receive significant rainfall. However, the humid and unstable atmosphere will create favorable conditions for severe storms across south-east Australia, with flash flooding being the main concern.
The rain and storms will persist through next week. A low-pressure system will form over the south-east inland, resulting in widespread rain and severe thunderstorms stretching from Queensland to Victoria. This additional rain is expected to bring November rainfall totals to near record levels in some areas, a surprising turn of events given the dry start to the season. Another area of low pressure could bring further rain and storms from Friday to Sunday.
While the east enjoys the much-needed rain, Western Australia is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave. Strong easterly winds from the inland deserts are causing temperatures to soar, surpassing previous November records. Perth is expected to reach highs of 40°C over the weekend, accompanied by high to extreme fire danger. Relief from the heatwave is not expected until Monday afternoon when a cool westerly change arrives on the coast.
- Eastern states are experiencing one of the wettest Novembers on record, providing relief from drought and preventing another Black Summer
- Highest rainfall totals have been recorded in Queensland, New South Wales, and the Northern Territory
- Storms are forecasted to continue over the weekend, bringing heavy falls and the potential for flash flooding
- A low-pressure system forming over the south-east inland will bring further rain and storms next week
- Meanwhile, Western Australia is facing a record-breaking heatwave, with temperatures exceeding 30°C and extreme fire danger
As eastern states revel in the relief brought by the storms, Western Australia continues to face scorching temperatures and high fire risks. The unpredictable nature of weather highlights the stark differences that can occur across different regions. Whether it’s rain or heat, the Australian climate never fails to keep us on our toes. So, will the storms continue to bring relief, or will the heatwave persist? Only time will tell.