Wild weather to continue as much of Australia faces a soaking

Parts of Australia are going to swelter through the weekend, while other areas of the country are set to be soaked.

The wet weather which drenched Australian Open spectators on Friday is creeping up north over the weekend as South Australia, the eastern regions and Queensland face more rain.

Those along the eastern states will need to keep an eye out for weather warnings, while Perth is once again set to swelter in the coming days.

Rain clearing in Melbourne, humidity lingering

Victoria's State Emergency Service received more than 1600 calls for help across the state on Friday as Melbourne was lashed by thunderstorms.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jonathan How told Yahoo News Australia the humidity in Victoria's. capital is easing after a run of muggy weather.

"It's been a run of very warm and humid day — six days above 30 degrees which hasn't happened since March 2013," he said.

"So it's been fairly unusual to see such a long run of hot, humid days. Thankfully this morning. It is a lot cooler 24C for today."

General view of the Skyline in Melbourne amid wet weather in 2020
Storms lashed Melbourne on Friday, but milder weather is expected over the weekend. Source: AAP

Melbourne should expect a dry afternoon, however, Mr How did have a warning for those attending the tennis to see Ash Barty's final on Saturday night.

"It will be quite a bit cooler for those at the tennis, so it's a good idea to bring a jacket," he said.

However, there is still a thunderstorm warning in place for eastern Victoria.

Rain event moves across ACT and NSW

Mr How said on Saturday, Canberra will be storm a risk, with the weather from Victoria making its way up to southern NSW and the ACT.

"Canberra is looking at a warm day of 27C and we are expecting some showers and storms today, and the storms could possibly be severe," he said.

"So look out for warnings in Canberra."

Sydney will be spared the dreary weather this weekend, with a mostly sunny and warm weekend ahead.

The Bureau is expecting it to be mostly sunny on Saturday in Sydney, with a top of 29C, with a slight drop in temperature on Sunday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain.

People gather on Bondi Beach as they celebrate Christmas in Sydney, enjoying the hot weather
Sydney will see sunny weather over the weekend, with potential showers out west and in southern parts of the state. Source: AAP

However there is a chance of a storm out west, most likely over the Blue Mountains, Mr How said.

More inland parts of NSW might be getting storms over the weekend, particularly in the southern part of NSW and Riverina area.

Mr How said there is a chance of heavy rain causing flash flooding, large hail and damaging winds causing trees and powerlines to come down.

Queensland, Northern Territory and parts of WA to get wet

Brisbane can expect a top of 30C on Saturday with a few showers and 29 on Sunday.

The rainy weather from Victoria will make it's way up to southeast Queensland over the weekend, Brisbane will possibly see rain and thunderstorms mid-week.

"That's that moisture coming out from the southeast is making way to southeast Queensland," Mr How said.

Northeast tropical Queensland has already seen some significant rainfalls with Cairns seeing more than 200mm of rain overnight.

While more rain is expected across the northern part of Australia.

Storm clouds hover over Brisbane's CBD, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Rain is forecast around much of Queensland's southeast, potentially causing localised flooding
Rain is expected to fall in parts of Queensland over the coming days, with Brisbane having a shower or two over the weekend. Source: AAP Image

"Still expecting heavy falls for Northern Queensland, the Top End and the Kimberly," he said. "We are expecting to see those heavy falls into early next week."

Mr How said some communities in those areas have been issued flood warnings.

Darwin is expecting showers with a top of 31 on both days this weekend, while Perth will once again be Australia's hottest capital.

Perth will suffer through 39C heat on Saturday, dropping down to 36C on Sunday.

There is a fire warning in place in Gascoyne Coast, Coastal Central West - North and Inland Central West - North fire weather districts.

South Australia thunderstorms to come

Adelaide is set to have a sunny few days, with temperatures in the high 20s, but some parts of South Australia should brace for thunderstorms in the coming week.

The attention is once again going to be focused on South Australia, in terms of weather next week.

"We are expected to see more rain and storms in South Australia into early next week," Mr How said.

Those those kind of places we've seen record rainfall where roads have been cut off, communities isolated.

"So there could be more impacts across northern South Australia's — fairly remote desert areas but some communities have been cut off."

As for the weekend, there is a general flood warning for Cooper Creek in South Australia and an initial flood watch for the North West Pastoral District.

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