Star-gazers hoping to spot the twilight lunar eclipse in Sydney tonight are nearly certain to be disappointed, after a bright sunny morning gave way to a rainy afternoon.
As cloud moved in during the late morning and settled in for the rest of the day, many commuters would also have been ruing the fact they hadn’t brought an umbrella to work. Showers will potentially become most widespread during peak hour or in the early evening.
Cloud cover will most likely obscure the view of the eclipse. The Sydney Observatory says the moon will rise at 5.23pm, already in a total lunar eclipse.
It will stay in the earth’s shadow until 6.25pm and then slowly start to move out and lose its copper-red colour. The last of the eclipse will disappear from view at 7.33pm.
Showers started moving on to the coast between Gosford and Nelson Bay during the late morning.
Rain showers gathering off the NSW coast were expected to move on to the coast possibly as far south as Batemans Bay.
The showers were forecast to be focused near the coast, with only the odd shower moving through the western parts of Sydney and the Illawarra.
The Hunter is likely to be the wettest of the three districts, with the chance of thunderstorms.
The reason for the increase in showers is the approach of cold air in the upper atmosphere. As this cold air approaches, it increases instability in the atmosphere and forces moist ocean air to rise and develop into showers.
From tomorrow, showers will mostly clear up along the NSW coast as a high pressure system starts to take hold and the upper cold air starts moving out to sea.
The high looks as if it will be fairly dominant for almost a week, leading to beautiful weather for the Easter long weekend.
Rob Sharpe is a meteorologist with Weatherzone南京夜网.au, which is owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website.
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