Rainfall that helped extinguish critical fires in eastern Australia is easing while severe heatwaves continue in the north.
The rainy weather system over New South Wales will lose momentum throughout Friday before fully easing for a dry weekend.
The band of rain, triggered by a cold front earlier this week, stretched from eastern Victoria to parts of southeast Queensland on Friday morning.
However, Weatherzone senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke predicted it will begin to dry from the bottom up later in the day.
“The rain has already eased in most areas. The most likely heavy showers will be between Coffs Harbor and the Gold Coast on the eastern side of the range,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“These outbreaks will only occur between the morning and mid to late afternoon. I don’t think we’ll see any significant rain beyond that.”
“The south coast will dry through the day, followed by the Illawarra, Sydney and parts of the Hunter in the afternoon, while showers continue to occur in the north.”
“The odd shower could reach the north-central plateaus.”
A band of rain stretching from eastern Victoria to southeast Queensland will ease throughout the day on Friday
Almost no rain is forecast across Australia on Saturday and Sunday.
Heavy rainfall occurred in several areas on Thursday, particularly in northeastern New South Wales.
Unfortunately, the wet weather was not enough to combat the worst fires in the state.
“The main fires are occurring in the northern plateaus and northwest slopes, where there hasn’t been much rain and there won’t be enough rain today to have a significant impact,” Dutschke said.
“All other fires burning to the east and south were significantly suppressed, and some were even extinguished.”
As of 9am on Friday, the NSW Rural Fire Service was battling 110 bushfires across the state, 58 of which could not be contained.
All fires were burning at the advisory level, not the emergency level.
“Rainfall occurred at many fire sites overnight, with some areas receiving between 20 and 90mm of rain,” it said.
“This weather can also bring adverse conditions due to the presence of lighting and boggy ground.”
“Be aware that there are still high and moderate fire danger forecasts across the state today.”
“Firefighters are using the current weather to contain the current fires and strategize for changing conditions early next week.”
Fierce fires over the Glens Creek Rd Fire in Nymboida sparked a fire-related thunderstorm on Thursday.
The rain system failed to reach the worst of the fires in New South Wales and Queensland (Toorbul fire pictured).
“This is an extremely dangerous situation as these storms have the potential to produce erratic winds and dry lightning and rapidly increase the spread and behavior of fires,” the RFS said.
“During these events it is important that you monitor conditions and keep up to date with the latest information via the Hazards Near Me app and the RFS website.”
Once the rain eases over Sydney on Friday, Sydneysiders can expect partly cloudy conditions on Saturday before skies clear on Sunday.
After a cold snap earlier this week, temperatures are expected to return to normal over the weekend.
A high of 19°C is forecast for Friday, followed by 21°C on Saturday and 26°C on Sunday.
Temperatures are also rising in Melbourne with highs of 20°C on Friday, 24°C with cloudy weather on Saturday and a sunny 26°C on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the western Top End of the Northern Territory and parts of Western Australia are suffering from a heatwave.
“The severe heatwave is now really confined to the northwestern end of the Northern Territory, including Darwin,” Dutschke said.
“Temperatures will reach high 30s and low 40s and the heat is expected to continue until around Monday.
“The intensity will decrease from there.”
Almost no rain is forecast across Australia for Saturday and Sunday (pictured rain forecast for Saturday).
While mostly sunny weather is forecast for Perth this weekend with a four-day high of 26C, other regions in the state will be grateful for a respite from the heatwave as it starts to cool down.
“In the Kimberley there are only small areas of low-intensity heatwaves,” Dutschke said.
“It’s started to cool down.”
“It’s still looking pretty hot in the Broome area, with temperatures between 30C and 40C, but the biggest heatwave is around Darwin.”
The weather in Brisbane looks grey, with showers ranging from the cold afternoon clearing to cloudy skies.
These clouds will persist Saturday and Sunday with temperatures ranging from the low 10s to mid 20s.
The forecast for Canberra also looks cloudy, with partly gray skies for Friday and Saturday, before turning sunny on Sunday with a maximum temperature reaching 26C.
Adelaide is expected to have mostly sunny weather on Friday and Saturday before clouds fully clear on Sunday.
However, the South Australian capital should brace for a chilly start to the day, with lows of 8C expected early on Sunday morning.
Partly cloudy weather in Hobart on Friday is expected to develop into showers on Saturday before the weather clears and becomes cloudy again on Sunday.
The intense fires over the Glens Creek Road Fire in Nymboida sparked a fire-related thunderstorm on Thursday (above).
FOUR-DAY FORECAST IN CAPITAL CITIES
Friday Mostly sunny. Maximum 24
Saturday sunny. Min 11 Max 26
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 22
Monday sunny. Min. 9 Max. 25
Friday sunny. Maximum 24
Saturday sunny afternoon. Min 15 Max 25
Sunday sunny. Min. 8 Max. 23
Monday showers. Min 11 Max 18
Friday Mostly sunny. Maximum 20
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 24
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min. 9 Max. 26
Showers will increase on Monday. Min 13 Max 21
Friday Partly cloudy. Maximum 17
Showers will develop on Saturday. Min. 7 Max. 21
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min. 8 Max. 20
A shower or two on Monday. Min. 9 Max. 20
Friday Partly cloudy. Maximum 18
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min. 3 Max. 20
Sunday sunny. Min. 5 Max. 26
Monday will be windy. Mostly sunny. Min. 9, Max. 29
Friday shower or two. Maximum 19
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 21
Sunday sunny. Min. 12 Max. 26
Monday sunny. Min 15 Max 32
Friday shower or two. Maximum 22
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 14 Max 23
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 13 Max 25
Monday sunny. Min. 14 Max. 28
Friday Mostly sunny. Maximum 36
Saturday sunny. Min 25 Max 36
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 26 Max 35
A shower or two on Monday. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 35
Source: Bureau of Meteorology