A great week for solar

Much of Australia will not see a drop of rainfall this week, with clear skies expected to increase solar output.

The satellite image below shows much of Australia basking in Autumnal sunshine on Monday morning. 

Image: Himawari-9 satellite image at 12:20pm AEST on Monday, May 20 

The relatively dry week comes as a stubborn high-pressure system parks itself over southern Australia for the week. 

The map below shows the forecast rainfall over the next 7 days. While most of Australia is expected to see a dry week, the largest totals will fall in Far North Qld, western Tas, parts of NSW, and southwest WA. 

Image: Accumulated rainfall forecast to 10pm on Sunday, May 26, according to ECMWF 

A cold front will sweep across Tas on Thursday, bringing showers to the state. Meanwhile, another cold front is approaching southwestern WA, which will bring showers and thunderstorms on Friday as it crosses.  

Far North Qld will see the largest daily totals from mid to late week as a southeasterly airstream strengthens and feeds moisture into the region. The south-facing coastline around central and northern NSW should also see showers stream in on Tuesday, before easing later in the week. At this stage, the good news is that the week should be free of severe weather. 

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