While cases of COVID-19 are falling, social distancing restrictions are still in place around the country.
However, some easing of restrictions have occurred with local councils reopening some beaches in NSW.
Randwick and Waverly council in Sydney’s east said on Monday that people could exercise at the popular Bondi, Bronte, Coogee and Maroubra beaches. But the changes came with a stern warning that authorities would not hesitate to revoke access if crowds disobey rules. And, as of Friday afternoon, beaches in Clovelly, Maroubra and Coogee had already been shut for the day due to people flouting social distancing rules.
While exact rules differ from state to state, Australians are encouraged to stay indoors unless they’re buying groceries and supplies, exercising, accessing healthcare or in the case of an emergency.
Speaking to media on Friday morning, NSW Police Commissioner Mark Fuller urged Australians to exercise common sense.
“It’s about how local government manages the loads on the beaches. We hope people go down there and they exercise, they have a swim, and they dry off and go home and really give someone else an opportunity to go down to the beach.
“And hopefully it rains,” said Commissioner Fuller, drawing a few laughs.
While the rain would certainly deter people from going outside, instead most capital cities can expect sunny weather and temperatures exceeding the mid-20s.
NEW SOUTH WALES
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting warm weather throughout the weekend for Sydney, reaching tops of 26C on Saturday and 28C on Sunday. While this weather will undoubtedly draw people to the water, several of Sydney’s beaches will be patrolled by lifeguards, rangers and staff who will monitor numbers in the water and on the sand.
In the west of the state, temperatures are expected to reach 30C in towns including Wilcannia and Tibooburra, with the mercury in Broken Hill set to almost match it at 29C.
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It will be a sunny weekend in Brisbane, with a high of 28C and low of a modest 17C on Saturday, with the Gold Coast just a degree cooler.
In the Far North, the mercury will get to 30, with a few showers expected for Cairns, Port Douglas and Innisfail. Inland, Mount Isa, Quilpie and Thargomindah will continue to have sunshine with temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s.
Things are chillier in Victoria with Melbourne due to have a cloudy Saturday with low of 11C and a high of 22C. Sunday will see rain overnight and early morning with a top of 19C and low of 15C.
The weather will be similar across the state, with the BOM reporting a cloudy Saturday and a rainy Sunday.
Has been a good month for rainfall over most of #Victoria. A cold front to affect the State Saturday night/Sunday bringing rain 🌧️ ☂️ Falls of 10-15mm Nth and E, 15-25mm NW and NE ranges. Elsewhere 2-10mm. Most of rain night/early morning. Forecasts https://t.co/9JULgNUSHr pic.twitter.com/YYleKHsg8M
— Bureau of Meteorology, Victoria (@BOM_Vic) April 24, 2020
One of the few parts of the country to get a public holiday on Monday, temperatures in WA will range from a pleasant 24C in the state capital Perth to highs of 40C in the north. Possible showers are forecast for areas around the coast including Margaret River, Perth and Albany.
A cool autumn weekend has been forecasted for Tasmania. Cloudy skies on Saturday will give way to brief showers in Hobart on Sunday, with temperatures ranging from 12-19C on Saturday and 13-17C on Sunday.
The weather will be similar in the state’s north with Launceston expecting showers throughout the weekend, with the rain easing on Sunday and temperatures of 11-17C on Saturday and 13-18 on Sunday.
Expect a rainy weekend for Adelaide. Showers will descending on the capital city late on Saturday, set to clear early Sunday. A high of 25C on Saturday will also fall to 20C on Sunday.
A trough of low pressure will move across #SouthAustralia on Saturday, followed by a cold front early Sunday morning, resulting in rain about the agricultural area and possible storms. Stay up to date with current forecasts here: https://t.co/OO7oDsyi7c pic.twitter.com/6AfpDabePB
— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) April 24, 2020