Excited for Sydney’s ‘picnic day’? The weather might not play along

Sydneysiders wanting to enjoy new freedoms for the vaccinated on Monday may have to settle for soggy picnics, with a string of rainy days forecast for next week.

But the weekend will provide a taste of summer, with the mercury predicted to climb into the high 20s on Saturday and Sunday with plenty of sunshine.

A red sunrise at Avalon on Friday ahead of a warm day with a warmer weekend predicted.Credit:Nick Moir

Restrictions are set to ease in Sydney on Monday for fully vaccinated people. Residents who don’t live in the 12 local government areas of concern will be allowed to gather outdoors in groups of five.

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said anyone wanting to get outside to enjoy their new freedoms with friends and family on Monday should get an early start on the day.

“The chances [of rain] are very low in the morning but when we’re getting into the afternoon it’s much higher,” he said.

“So the morning looks generally dry on Monday, if a little bit cool.”

A cool change on Monday will bring about four days of wet weather, with Tuesday likely to be the wettest day.

“By Wednesday and Thursday we’ll start to get some longer dry breaks, but they’re all looking like cool, cloudy days,” Mr Dutschke said.

Mr Dutschke said the weekend’s warm weather comes after heat has been building over northwestern and central Australia over the past few weeks, with the help of a lot of sunshine each day.

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