The only umbrellas needed for now. Photo: Darren Pateman Salute to the morning sun. Photo: Janie Barrett
Sydney’s long spell of crisp mornings, mild days and a lack of rain is set to run another week with the city now in the midst of its driest run since September.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicts largely sunny days out to Monday with most days sporting only a 10 per cent or lower chance of rain.
Although umbrellas will be of little use for a while, a decent coat will be handy for Wednesday through Friday as the next cold front brings another bout of stiff winds.
“We’ve had this constant trend of cold fronts moving across the state but really all the moisture and rainfall have remained on or west of the ranges,” said Josh Fisher, a meteorologist with Weatherzone. “Sydney has been consistently missing out with those dry westerly winds.”
That next cold front will bring fresh snow falls to alpine regions with ski resorts likely to enjoy another 10-20 centimetres of the white stuff – good timing with school holidays still on.
Overnight temperatures in Sydney will drop to as low as 6 degrees overnight Monday, below the July average of 8 degrees.
A lack of cloud, though, will see maximum temperatures of 18-20 degrees for most days over the next week, extending the run of tops a couple of degrees or more above normal.
The run of three weeks without rain is not uncommon at this time of year, with July the most likely month for 20-day or longer runs without a drop, according to Acacia Pepler, a climatologist at the bureau.
Of the 51 such periods since 1859, about one in five have occurred in July, Ms Pepler said.
Sydney’s most recent lengthy period without rain was the 32 days to 13 September 2013, a period that helped set up the early fire season that ignited the following month.
The city is already off to a dry start to the year, with 391.2 millimetres falling at Observatory Hill during the first six months, or just over half the long-run average.
Those six months were the driest for the first half since 2004, and the eighth-driest on record, Ms Pepler said.
Sydney’s main reservoir is now about 84 per cent full, down on near full-capacity levels a year earlier after heavy rains.
The arrival of south-easterly winds next Monday or Tuesday may bring coastal showers, including for Sydney, Weatherzone’s Mr Fisher said.
The middle of July and later may see more chances of showers “but it doesn’t look like anything particularly heavy”, he said.
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