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NRL And AFL Grand Finals Bracing For Severe Thunderstorms

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NRL And AFL Grand Finals Bracing For Severe Thunderstorms

It's just typical 2020.

In a rollercoaster year that has seen us cop wild bushfires and even a global pandemic, the one thing we can finally look forward to will somewhat be ruined.

Well, not entirely ruined - but it's still bloody annoying.

Credit: BOM
Credit: BOM
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For this year's AFL and NRL Grand Finals, the latest weather reports suggest the players will be doing battle in cold, wet and windy conditions.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (no, we refuse to use Apple Weather) Australia's eastern states are bracing for severe storms which could even result in some flash flooding.

Great, just great.

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With the AFL Grand Final between the Richmond Tigers and Geelong Gats being played at the Gabba in Brisbane due to increased coronavirus restrictions in Victoria, it appears they couldn't escape the rain after all.

It's the first time an AFL Grand Final hasn't been played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1902.

Richmond play Geelong in the AFL Grand Final. Credit: Instagram/@afl
Richmond play Geelong in the AFL Grand Final. Credit: Instagram/@afl

And on game day, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting thunderstorms.

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So you know what that means: it's gonna be slippy out there boys.

"At 6.30pm (AEST) for the first bounce, showers may still be lingering and temperatures should have dropped to 24 degrees Celsius with a dew point of 19 °C," the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Credit: Facebook / Bureau of Meteorology
Credit: Facebook / Bureau of Meteorology

As for the NRL Grand Final between the Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm, there's not much good news there either.

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The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting upwards of 15mm rainfall ahead of the game at ANZ Stadium in western Sydney.

"Some areas will see their heaviest rain in months, potentially we could see the heaviest rain since earlier this year for many parts of eastern Australia," said Sky News Weather's chief meteorologist Tom Saunders.

"It will be a huge weekend of rain and it will last until the early part of next week.

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"Monday and Tuesday we're still expecting fairly widespread showers and storms up and down the eastern seaboard."

Wet weather in sport often results in a number of unforced errors.

So expect plenty of goals and tries in the AFL and NRL Grand Finals this weekend.

Featured Image Credit: Nine, Newscorp, BOM

Topics: afl, Weather, Melbourne Storm, nrl, start time, Australia

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