Weather tracker: after Hurricane Nicole, more turbulence to hit Europe and Australia

Unsettled weather to continue across western Europe and southern Australia forecast to experience unseasonably cold spell

After causing devastation in Florida last week, Hurricane Nicole travelled along the east coast of the US and across the Atlantic towards western Europe as an extratropical cyclone. The remnants of Nicole brought heavy rain and strong winds to Ireland, the UK and parts of northern France during Monday night and Tuesday.

Unsettled conditions are set to continue throughout the next few days across western Europe as several areas of low pressure move in from the Atlantic. These lows are expected to affect areas as far east as Norway and as far south as the Bay of Biscay, and will bring the potential of some localised flooding for the worst affected areas.

Parts of Australia are also experiencing turbulent weather. Over the course of this past weekend (12-13 November), an active area of low pressure developed across South Australia and the Great Australian Bight. This system tracked south-eastwards along the coast, and was accompanied by a potent cold front that was responsible for the stormy conditions that developed across southern Australia. This event brought damaging winds, heavy rain, and flooding to parts of Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia – where 56mm of rain fell in Port Lincoln, and winds gusted to 106km/h at Adelaide airport.

Although these wet and windy conditions have eased, as late spring approaches, a change in the synoptic setup will bring an unseasonable cold spell to southern and south-eastern Australia throughout the rest of this week. As the aforementioned low-pressure has travelled further east since the weekend, an area of high pressure started to take its place. This configuration has shifted the wind direction to a southerly flow, bringing in some cool Antarctic air, and has already started to allow temperatures to drop well below the seasonal norm across southern parts of the country.

The coolest temperatures will be on Wednesday, with Melbourne and Adelaide experiencing maximum daytime temperatures over 9C below the seasonal norm, while temperatures in the Grampians may fall below zero overnight. Although temperatures are set to slowly rise during the latter part of the week, they will remain considerably below the seasonal average.

Faye Hulton (Metdesk)

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Weather tracker: following the path of Hurricane Julia
Julia passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific, killing 25 people; plus, flash floods in south-east Australia

James Parrish and Azure Prior

14, Oct, 2022 @9:58 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: Atlantic hurricane season may finally be starting to stir
Lack of activity has confounded forecasts so far but a cluster of thunderstorms could change that

Nicholas Lee (Metdesk)

29, Aug, 2022 @7:39 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: UK and northern Europe forecast to be windiest places on Earth
Low pressure from Atlantic likely to usher in 70mph gusts from Friday night

Jodie Woodcock (Metdesk)

10, Oct, 2022 @9:36 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: record-breaking heat in Australia
Australia swelters while in Brazil there have been record downpours

Azure Prior (MetDesk)

24, Feb, 2023 @9:52 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: heatwave to sweep northwards across Europe
Parts of France and Germany likely to experience temperatures above 40C this week, while highs in Iberia could touch 47C

Brendan Jones (MetDesk)

11, Jul, 2022 @10:11 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: January temperatures smash records across Europe
Abnormally high temperatures caused by orientation of high and low pressure, but also point to effects of climate change

Matt Andrews (Metdesk)

06, Jan, 2023 @8:27 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: unseasonably warm October across Europe breaks records
Above-average temperatures across northern hemisphere came amid an extremely warm year for Britain

Matt Andrews for MetDesk

07, Nov, 2022 @9:38 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: Guam and Philippines brace for Typhoon Mawar
Typhoon projected to affect US territory of Guam as early as Tuesday. Elsewhere, Europe is heating up

Brendan Jones for MetDesk

22, May, 2023 @10:05 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: heatwaves could add to energy problems across Europe
Analysis: high temperatures will lead to a surge in energy demand for cooling but drought in Spain has reduced energy from hydropower

Theo Gkousarov (Metdesk)

13, Jun, 2022 @8:30 AM

Article image
Weather tracker: record-breaking heat continues to scorch western Europe
UK temperatures exceed 40C while France and Portugal hit new highs, with some extreme consequences

Alice Fowle for MetDesk

22, Jul, 2022 @6:34 AM