Residents of NSW will be greeted by heavy showers and wintry temperatures as they emerge from nearly four months of hard locking on Monday.
But the prospect of gloomy weather for the so-called “Freedom Day” is unlikely to dampen the spirits, as the reopening of hospitality venues, shops and fitness centers offers a wide range of indoor entertainment options for the first time in 15 weeks.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a cold front approaching from the south will move over Sydney on Sunday afternoon, with showers becoming heavy in the evening and continuing until Monday.
Up to 25 millimeters of rain is expected on Sunday, with a further eight millimeters possible on Monday.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Hugh McDowell said Sunday morning is likely to be dry before heavy rain develops in the afternoon, possibly accompanied by severe thunderstorms.
“On Monday, things clear up, but not dramatically,” he said. “It’s still going to rain on Monday.”
McDowell said southeast winds would keep the temperature cold, with a maximum of 18 degrees expected.
Conditions are expected to ease during the day with rain clearing in the late afternoon.