He fears that the nation will plunge into the third La Niña system

New US-led forecasts suggest the La Niña weather system that brought heavy rain and deadly flash flooding to Australia’s east coast is “struggling to break up,” according to Weatherzone.

This means wet weather will persist for a while on the East Coast, fueling fears of a “third La Niña.”

Current sea surface temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean, showing a distinctive La Niña pattern with cooler than average water in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean and warmer than average water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean western (NOAA)

While the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the system is likely to calm down “in late fall or early winter,” forecasters in the US paint a different story.

They monitored the sea surface temperature and air pressure difference between Tahiti and Darwin to develop the forecast.

Sydney has been hit by successive rain events, culminating in the wettest start to a year on record. (9News)

“La Niña has a 59 percent chance of continuing through the Southern Hemisphere winter and a 50 to 55 percent chance of persisting through the Southern Hemisphere spring,” Weatherzone said, referring to forecasts from the Weather Forecast Center. (CPC) of the US National Weather Service. International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) of the University.

“It’s rare that La Niña’s footprint is still so well established in both the ocean and the atmosphere at this time of year.

“The enduring strength of this current La Niña is something to watch out for in the coming weeks and months.”

A light sprinkling of snow powder Mount Wellington in Hobart.  Katy Morgan took this photo yesterday morning as the southeastern states of the nation shivered from a cold snap.

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The prediction comes as multiple states are hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms.

“A trough currently over the interior of northern Australia will dip south over the weekend, bringing clouds and rain across large areas of SA, NSW, QLD and VIC from Sunday into the first half of next week,” Weatherzone.

“Rain and clouds will initially focus on the central and northern interior of Australia over the weekend before spreading further south and east early to mid next week.”

Accumulated rainfall totals reaching 100 to 200 mm are forecast for parts of the eastern NT and western and northern QLD.
Accumulated rainfall totals reaching 100 to 200 mm are forecast for parts of the eastern NT and western and northern QLD. (weather zone)

Accumulated rainfall totals reaching 100 to 200mm are forecast to fall across parts of the eastern NT and western and northern QLD.

Wider areas of central and eastern Australia are expected to reach a cumulative total of 40-80mm by the middle of this week.

Let’s take a look and see what the weather is like in the country capitals this morning.

A “rain shower of two” and a high of 25C is forecast for Brisbane today.

Rain will be less likely in the afternoon and evening.

Rain is also forecast for Sydney today, with 2-5mm of rain expected to fall.

The port city has a forecast high temperature of 22C.

Melbourne woke up to a cold 9C, but luckily the mercury is expected to climb to a maximum of 21C.

It will be partly cloudy.

Similar conditions were felt in the nation’s capital; a minimum of 7C will give way to a maximum of 20C.

It will be partly cloudy.

It will also be cloudy in Hobart during the day.

Morning temperatures dropped to 7C. A maximum of 17C is forecast.

There is a small chance of rain in Adelaide today, but overall the day will be mostly cloudy.

A maximum of 25C is forecast.

Today will be a sunny 34°C day in Darwin.

The last rains could fall in Perth, with temperatures expected to range from a low of 18C to a high of 29C.

The BoM said there is a possibility of a “gusty storm tonight”.

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