Sydney could see a month’s worth of rain over the next five days. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has warned of “significant rainfall” along the east coast this weekend and into next week. It’s even warned families heading away for the school holidays to plan ahead as the weather might impact transport.

While the South and Central coasts are forecast to be hardest hit, it doesn’t look as though Sydney will be getting off lightly. It’s all set to kick off tomorrow, July 1, with the BoM’s Hugh McDowell telling the ABC that falls of 60–170 millimetres are possible between tomorrow and Tuesday. The biggest drenching will come on Sunday, with up to 80 millimetres of rain expected. Saturday and Monday will receive up to 40 millimetres of rain each. The average rainfall for July in Sydney is 96.3 millimetres. Rain is likely to persist on Tuesday and Wednesday; current modelling hasn’t been able to predict how heavy that rainfall will be.

There’s also a high likelihood of strong and potentially damaging winds and big tides over the weekend and into next week. The BoM has also put out a moderate to major flooding warning for the Hunter catchment and Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley for early next week.

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