|Chance of rainfall within district|
25% to 50%
50% to 75%
The hemispheric long wave pattern has been relatively fast moving in recent weeks. There are five main troughs. Currently the most significant troughs are near the longitudes of South Africa, the Indian Ocean, eastern Australia, the southeast Pacific, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Over southern and eastern Australia the cold front events with potential to bring widespread rain are now expected about 23 January to 27 January, 27 January to 31 January, and 3 February to 7 February. Rain events originating in the tropics and moving south are possible about 25 January to 29 January, 30 January to 3 February, and 5 February to 9 February.
Over Western Australia the strongest cold fronts should occur about 27 January to 31 January, 2 February to 6 February, and 16 February to 20 February.
This forecast is produced by a multi-model ensemble consisting of dynamical atmospheric models, which are forced by the latest observed atmosphere, ocean, land and ice conditions. The models are designed to simulate features of the real atmosphere, including the daily movement of long and short wave patterns in the Southern Hemisphere.
The future probability of rain in each district is estimated using output from the multi-model ensemble, combined with historical information about the difference between the model forecasts and observed rainfall.
In this deterministic framework the skill of the forecast tends to decrease with time, however the forecasts are updated daily to provide the latest estimates of rainfall probability out to 28 days.
12:29 AEDT Last night was warmer than any official minimum temperature previously recorded in Sydney, but it wasn't a new record.