The Australian Weather: Hot with Clear Blue Skies and Devastating Storms

Australia is a big country, we all know that. It’s a country that contains six states and two territories, so eight different areas in all. A couple of days ago I was in one of those states, Western Australia. To be more precise, I was in Fremantle, just outside of Perth, on Monday.

Having a beer in a rather nice pub…

Fremanle PubThe temperature on the day peaked at around 28°, maybe 29°C. It was a beautiful day.

I’ll be talking a lot more about Perth and Western Australia next week. But today I am back in the state in which I live; Queensland. Again, it’s been a glorious day, especially considering we are almost two thirds of the way through autumn. We’ve had clear blue skies and temperatures of around 24° to 25°C.

Being as I do know how very big Australia is, I suppose I shouldn’t have been so surprised when I was scanning the news this morning to find that the weather in another of our states, New South Wales, was very much the opposite.

Shocking Sydney storm

Scanning the news further, I’ve discovered that:

  • Four people are dead
  • 200,000 homes without power
  • 20,000 insurance claims already in
  • Heaviest rainfall in a 48 hour period in Sydney since 1998
  • Over 9000 people have called the State Emergency Services since Monday


The Hunter Valley, and in particular a town called Dungog, bore the brunt of the wild weather. A house was swept away by flash flooding…

Here’s a timelapse of a Sydney train station flooding; watch as the tracks turn in to a river…

The worst of the weather is now over apparently, so hopefully no more lives will be lost.

Australia may be one country with six states and two territories, but sometimes it feels more like eight separate countries entirely.

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  • Col B September 22, 2017, 2:56 pm |

    Hi Bob, found this on the web about Australia’s wettest and driest capital cities –

    • BobinOz September 22, 2017, 9:21 pm |

      Yes, I did see the article when it came out, I thought it was pretty easy to guess which capital city was the driest and even easier to pick the wettest. The rainfall in Sydney was a bit of a surprise to me though. All the other information was really quite interesting as well.

      By the way, the Herald Sun is a subscription only paper online these days, so if anyone wants to find the article, Google ‘wettest and driest capital Australia’ and look for the Herald Sun article that appears on the first page. I have found that if you search for these items online, these subscription papers let you read the article but ask you for money if you try and read a second article or a third article.

  • Vidya July 13, 2015, 3:20 pm |

    Hi Bob!!

    I am in the process of getting my australian permanent residency. I want to look for jobs. I am a pharmaceutical analytical development specialist would love to work on the same stream. Please guide me to start my jobsearch.

  • Water Alarms April 28, 2015, 8:48 pm |

    Crazy weather, haven’t seen anything this bad since the Melbourne floods and now hail a couple of days ago. Any idea if this is going to continue? I mean today was pretty sunny, let’s hope it stays this way.

    • BobinOz April 28, 2015, 11:37 pm |

      Yes, it will stop eventually, then at some point, it’ll start again.

      Anyway, I know you weren’t asking a serious question, you’re just trying to sell some of your water alarms 🙂

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