Storms on the way as Sydney cops a soaking

Sydney is forecast to be bit with up to 30mm of rain today (Picture: John Grainger).
Sydney is forecast to be bit with up to 30mm of rain today (Picture: John Grainger).

SYDNEY'S commuters are in for a wet start to the week, with heavy overnight rain continuing well into the morning.

Up to 30mm of rain is predicted to fall mainly in the morning and afternoon, with a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. The maximum temperature is expected to reach 24C.

The Bureau of Meteorology was encouraging people to bring their umbrellas to work, although warned they may become ineffectual in the afternoon.

"We have a strong wind warning in place for the Illawarra and the South Coast this afternoon. Sydney hasn't yet met the criteria for a warning, although it will be windy," a BoM spokeswoman said.

Rain will persist throughout the day, with thunderstorms also likely.

"There is a low pressure system moving towards the coast from inland New South Wales, that brings with it all sorts of unstable weather.

"It will head out to sea, towards New Zealand, this evening."

A low pressure trough and an offshore low have sent cool weather over the south-east of Australia resulting in what was one of the coldest November weekends in years.

After shivering through wintery temperatures of 17 on Saturday, Sydneysiders stayed under the blankets yesterday with a top of just 19C in the city and 18C in the west.

And there's cold comfort today. Up to 40mm of rain is predicted to fall, mainly in the morning and afternoon with a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. While the top temperature will be 24C, the wet and windy conditions mean it will be far from comfortable.

For those thinking of heading to Randwick for Melbourne Cup day, here's some advice. Dress warm. Temperatures are expected to only reach 20C, with showers and winds of up to 40km/h making for some chilling race conditions.

Sydneysiders will have to wait until late next weekend for the warmer weather to arrive with temperatures not expected to get above 23C for the rest of the week.

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