Thousands of people flocked to Sydney’s beaches as temperatures finally started to rise after weeks of rain.
Warmer conditions are expected for three of the next six days, with the mercury rising above Sunday’s high of 22 degrees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
After the winter months, Sydney’s most famous beach is finally filled with people again.
Much of NSW is enjoying sunshine today, with no significant precipitation expected. Many ongoing major flood peaks for inland rivers. Check for updated warnings at https://t.co/Ss766fadjjpic.twitter.com/ObX5vJuHvc
— Bureau of Meteorology, NSW (@BOM_NSW) October 15, 2022
Bondi Beach was packed with people sunbathing in front of the blue water.
Looks like locals are taking in as much as they can ahead of the predicted wet summer.
However, beachgoers may encounter slightly murkier waters as heavy rains have resulted in some popular swimming areas being polluted.
According to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, dirty sewage has led to, among other things, “poor” water quality at Coogee Beach.
Narrabeen Lagoon on the Northern Beaches was also on the list, as was Rose Bay in the CBD.
But this has not stopped the crowds of people who continue to gather in popular places.
Some have compared the sight to an archive photo of Manly beachgoers in the 1960s.
Some things never change! Sydney’s Manly Beach filled with swimmers, 1968.
See more vintage images of Australian beaches in our collection: https://t.co/BqKXYuFqV6
NAA: B941, SURFING AND BEACHES/PEOPLE/3 pic.twitter.com/FhnXeebnXU
— National Archives of Australia (@naagovau) October 15, 2022
The sun is providing some respite after heavy rainfall across the country, with other states also reaching comfortable temperatures in the mid-20s.
Temperatures reached a high of 25 degrees in Brisbane, while Adelaide took a break from the gloom in the low 20s.
However, the beautiful weather is not expected to last for long, with more showers forecast for most states in the middle of next week.
In Sydney, sunshine is likely to give way to rain from mid to late week, with 2-6mm expected to fall on Friday.
Victoria’s brief period of clear skies will unfortunately also be replaced by rain clouds as the already flood-hit state polices 3-15mm in the second half of next week.
Melbourne will stay in the 20s for most of the week after Monday’s maximum temperature rises to 17C.
It looks like Brisbane will be in the mid twenties all week, but we can also expect some rain on Monday and from Thursday.
Perth will see light showers before the end of the week, with temperatures dropping from 28 degrees on Wednesday to 20 degrees later in the week.
South Australia’s perfect weather will end midweek as rain moves south and turns sunshine into gray skies.
Residents are being warned about blue skies in Victoria as they are lulled into a false sense of hope that flooding disaster can end.