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Soggy start to summer on the cards for Canberra

Thunderstorms and warmer temperatures are forecast for the week.

It was a bit of a rainy end to spring on Sunday and Canberra can look forward to a soggy start to summer with forecasters warning not to pack away the raincoats and umbrellas just yet. 

The ACT is expected to face a "dynamic" week of weather with thunderstorms and warmer temperatures forecast for the first week of summer. 

"We've got a series of low pressure troughs, all following each in quick succession and they're very slow moving so that means widespread and significant showers with thunderstorms are a risk pretty much every day in the next seven days," Weatherzone meteorologist Guy Dixon said on Sunday.

Despite thunderstorms and showers predicted for the ACT, temperatures are expected to remain quite warm. 

"The low pressure trough which is responsible for those thunderstorms actually draws in a lot of heat from inland areas," Mr Dixon said. 

Maximum temperatures are expected to reach 31C on Monday and Tuesday and 32 degrees on Wednesday.


The rest of the week is forecast to be a bit cooler with maximum temperatures expected to reach 28 degrees on Thursday, 27 degrees on Friday and 24 degrees on Saturday. 

Canberra bid farewell to spring on Sunday with a bit of rain.

Shortly before 4pm on Sunday, the ACT recorded 24.2mm of rain over six days in November, drier than the long-term average of 65.1mm.

The ACT has about a 70 per cent chance of an El Nino becoming established this summer. 

"That will generally lead to drier and warmer conditions. Despite not officially being in an established El Nino right now, we are seeing El Nino-like conditions so that's what is bringing these warm temperatures that we've felt and also the reduced rainfall," Mr Dixon said.