Gloomy June and wet Saturday ahead

June is traditionally our gloomiest and wettest month of the year, but this June has been much gloomier and wetter than normal.
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We have been short-changed more than 20 hours of sunshine already, which is an hour a day less sunshine than average, Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.

It has been so wet that some sport has had to be cancelled due to sodden ovals. There is a chance of this happening again this weekend.

Cloud will roll in from western New South Wales early tomorrow night as another low and pool of cold air develop.

Rain will not take long to reach Sydney, starting on Saturday morning and it may last all day. Some sport will again have to be cancelled.

Thankfully for most, the whole weekend won’t be a washout. Sunday is looking brighter with temperatures reaching the high teens.

In the past few weeks, low pressure systems have been a regular feature off the New South Wales coast. The lows have driven cloud and rain over much of the east of the state, Mr Dutschke said.

With 100-150mm of rain in the past few days, it has already become Sydney’s wettest June in five years.

The city has gained 200mm so far, 70mm more than the monthly average.

Eastern suburbs have been particularly wet. Dover Heights has been drenched by 280mm this month and Rose Bay and Randwick 240mm, all doubling their monthly average only halfway through the month.

Some northern and western suburbs have also put up with a wet few weeks. Homebush and Marrickville have had about 200mm each.

Unfortunately for outdoor types, much of this rain has fallen on the weekends.

It is also the wettest start to a year in 11 years.

After heavy downpours earlier in the year, this has now become the city’s wettest start to a year since 2001, recording 900mm, compared with the January-to-June average of 728mm.

Looking ahead to the rest of winter, overall temperatures and rainfall should be near average as we continue with a neutral climate phase.

As we head into spring there is increased chance of sunnier, drier and warmer days due to the likely onset of El Nino.

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