22. October 2021

Wet and wintry conditions tipped for state’s reopening


Residents of NSW might be greeted by heavy showers and wintry temperatures as they emerge from almost 4 months of onerous lockdown on Monday.

But the awful climate outlook for so-called “freedom day” is unlikely to dampen spirits, with the reopening of hospitality venues, retail and gyms providing all kinds of indoor leisure choices for the primary time in 15 weeks.

The reopening of NSW on Monday will be accompanied by a deluge of rain and cool temperatures.

The reopening of NSW on Monday might be accompanied by a deluge of rain and cool temperatures. Credit:Janie Barrett

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a chilly entrance approaching from the south will transfer throughout Sydney on Sunday afternoon, with showers turning into heavy within the night and persevering with into Monday.

Up to 25 millimetres of rain is predicted on Sunday, with an additional eight millimetres doable on Monday.


Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Hugh McDowell stated Sunday morning is prone to be dry earlier than heavy rain develops within the afternoon, probably accompanied by extreme thunderstorms.

“On Monday things are clearing up, but not dramatically,” he stated. “It’s still going to be raining on Monday.”

Mr McDowell stated south-easterly winds would preserve temperatures cool, with a most of 18 levels anticipated.

Conditions are anticipated to ease all through the day with the rain clearing by late afternoon.

With residents already capable of get pleasure from out of doors picnics with pals and household in current weeks, Mr McDowell stated the arrival of the rain wasn’t essentially a foul factor for the state’s reopening.

“In a way, we’ve been able to do some of that outdoor stuff already,” he stated.

“On ‘freedom day’ some of the inside options are going to open up: shops, kids’ play, hairdressers.”

Bondi Beach on Saturday, just over a day before Sydney’s lockdown will end.

Bondi Beach on Saturday, simply over a day earlier than Sydney’s lockdown will finish.Credit:Brook Mitchell

Mr McDowell stated patchy showers are anticipated for the remainder of the week, however the majority of the rain will fall on Sunday and Monday.

The chilly flip comes after Sydney’s final Saturday of lockdown was marked by clear skies and heat temperatures of as much as 26 levels within the metropolis and 29 within the west.

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