Afternoon storm season set to hit Wagga

SPLASHING GOOD TIME: Pepper Wilks, 6, and Sydney Wilks, 8, take a dip in the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga to beat the heat on Sunday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

SPLASHING GOOD TIME: Pepper Wilks, 6, and Sydney Wilks, 8, take a dip in the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga to beat the heat on Sunday. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

RIVER floats, inflatable pools and beach bashes have almost become a compulsory part of Australia Day in Wagga – and the weather forecast is sure to keep celebrators happy if they get in early on Tuesday.

Off the back of a warm weekend topping 31 degrees, hot days are expected to continue throughout the week with the added bonus of afternoon summer storms. 

Monday will be fine and sunny with a top of 32, while Tuesday will be warm with the chance of an afternoon or evening storm and 40 per cent chance of rain. 

Those planning a barbecue should get in early to avoid showers dampening spirits. 

Tuesday’s thunderstorm heralds the start of summer storm season, with them expected to continue across the rest of the week. Wednesday has a 50 per cent chance of rain, while Thursday, Friday and Saturday have a 60 per cent chance.

Wagga Bureau of Meteorology’s Robbie Lennard said the onset of storms was not unusual for this time of the year and attributed it to a developing trough coming from the west.

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