Cloud cover means the rare phenomenon of a blood moon won’t be visible over Sydney on Saturday night. Photo: Darrian Traynor With 80 per cent of attractions under cover, the Royal Easter Show goes on. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Championships postponed due to unsafe surface
One of Sydney’s richest race days has been rained out and a rare lunar eclipse will be covered by clouds as Sydney’s run of less than ideal Easter weather continues.
But there is hope on the horizon: clearer skies should appear just in time for the last day of the long weekend.
The city’s Royal Randwick race course was due to host day one of The Championships on Saturday, including the $3 million Doncaster Mile race, but it was moved to Monday after a continuous stream of rain soaked the track.
Two horses were galloped at the course at 6am, but rain failed to ease, and when stewards inspected the course at 9.30am it was deemed the surface would not be safe to race on.
Elsewhere, the deluge caused flooding at Rouse Hill, closing Rouse Hill Road in both directions, and partially flooded the Central Coast Highway at West Gosford, affecting westbound traffic.
Though the rain is due to ease on Saturday night, it won’t be quick enough for amateur astronomers hoping to catch a glimpse of an eclipse that won’t appear again for three years.
The total lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon, will begin at 9.16pm and end at 12.45am, with a total eclipse due between 10.58pm and 11.03pm, daylight savings time.
Meteorologist James Casey, from Fairfax Media-owned Weatherzone, said lingering cloud cover meant the rare phenomenon wouldn’t be visible over Sydney.
“The cloud’s going to be around, so unfortunately in Sydney we’re not going to be able to see that eclipse,” he said.
“It’s going to continue to be wet until late tonight, and tomorrow morning there’s going to be a few showers early, but by mid-tomorrow the rain will have cleared up. We might have a late shower on Monday, late evening, but most of Sunday and Monday will be dry.”
One attraction escaping the wild weather was the Royal Easter Show. A spokeswoman said 80 per cent of the attractions are under cover, with rides operating as normal.
As the rain lingers over much of the state, for Sydney the worst is over – the heaviest of rain has already fallen.
Temperatures on Sunday are expected to climb to 24 degrees, with Monday expected to reach a maximum of 26. Then showers will return on Tuesday, with 22 degree maximums for the rest of the week.
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