Fortunately there are some good tools for cyclists trying to dodge the worst of it.
First, somewhat strangely the Norwegian Meteorology Service has the best hour-by-hour forecasts for Adelaide, including wind speed and direction (both very important when riding a bakfiets with the weather canopy on), and expected rain-fall:
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The other very useful facility is our own BoM's Rain Radars. Set these to loop, and you can see where the rain is moving in near-real-time. Very handy for working out if that downpour is about to stop, or whether you are wasting your time trying to wait it out:
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A quick check this morning reveals that the heavy rain and hail outside has just stopped, and is unlikely to recur while I ride to work, so I had better offski while the going is good.