New Year's Eve weather: Rain and storms to dampen the party

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·3-min read

The east coast of Australia including Brisbane and Sydney is due for a wet New Year’s Eve with rainy conditions doing their best to spoil the party.

It wouldn’t be 2020 without somewhat of a dampener to close the year.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino told Yahoo News Australia on Wednesday a low pressure trough moving across eastern Australia will meet a stream of moisture in the north leading to rain on December 31 and the following day.

Fireworks explode above the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as seen from Kirribilli during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney.
Rain is forecast across the east coast with thunderstorms possible in the west for the last day of 2020. Source: AAP

Sydney weather

Sydney could receive up to 15mm on New Year’s Eve with temperatures topping 29C – the hottest of the week, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

New Year’s Day will be much the same with up to 15mm and similar temperatures.

Areas in NSW’s north can also expect showers with Ballina and Byron Bay copping about 10mm on NYE.

Canberra weather

Canberra is forecast to have similar conditions to Sydney with up to 10mm of rain both days.

Tops of 24-26 are expected.

A shower or two is expected for Canberra on New Year’s Day and a top of 24 degrees, with cloud and light winds predicted throughout the day.

Brisbane weather

Brisbane can expect a shower or two for the last day of 2020 but only up to 3mm is forecast with a top of 29 degrees.

North Queensland is in for more a deluge though with Townsville set to receive up to 30mm as the temperature eclipses 30.

The capital city will be partly cloudy for New Year’s Day and could be in for a few showers, with a top of 28 degrees expected and a low of 23.

New Year's revelers walk across the Princess Bridge  ahead of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne.
People in Melbourne walk across the Princess Bridge ahead of New Year's fireworks. Source: AAP

Melbourne weather

People celebrating the end of 2020 in Melbourne can also expect some showers but only up to 1mm with a max of 24.

New Year’s Day will be slightly warmer though with a max of 29 and up to 4mm of rain.

Adelaide weather

South Australia is in for a toasty but overcast New Year’s Eve with a top of 32.

Adelaide will be warm again for New Year’s Day with a top of 33 expected and a slight chance of shower. There will also be a few clouds around.

Tasmania weather

Hobart is in for light showers across New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day with up to 2mm forecast both days and tops of between 19-21.

Similar conditions are expected for both days in Launceston.

A weather map of Australia.
Australia on New Year's Eve. Source:

Perth weather

An afternoon thunderstorm could affect Perth’s New Year’s Eve celebrations but little if any rain is forecast to fall.

Temperatures could reach a top of 34.

New Year’s Day will be cooler and cloudy, with a top of 26 degrees expected for the capital city.

Darwin weather

New Year’s Eve will be a wet one in Darwin with up to 15mm of rain possible.

A top of about 31 is expected.

The Darwin and Outer Darwin area will be cloudy and rainy, with up to 20mm expected to fall and a top of 32 degrees expected.

A thunderstorm could also be on the cards, with winds predicted to increase throughout the day.

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