Rain bomb stretching over 4,000km causes flooding across Australia
A low pressure system that brought heavy rains and damaging winds to southern and western NSW is expected to push further east.
It comes amid widespread flooding across the state as extended heavy rains fall in areas where the ground is already saturated and rivers already high in many areas and flooding in others.
Heavy rain and possible storms are forecast for Sydney region on Friday with some areas in the west on flood watch.
Up to 45mm of rain is forecast for the harbour city on Friday, along with hazardous surf conditions.
A severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and heavy rainfall was issued for the Blue Mountains/Hawkesbury, Maitland/Cessnock, Greater Newcastle and Gosford/Wyong areas on Friday morning.
The Sydney suburb of Canterbury copped a 30.2mm soaking in just one hour on Thursday night, as backyards transformed into lakes.
Sydney Airport was inundated with 24.2mm in less than a hour while Richmond in the city’s north-west received 26.6mm in three hours, Weatherzone reported.
Weather experts have predicted the majority of Australia will be engulfed by wet conditions leading into Sunday
Sydney’s Warragamba Dam received 96mm of rain in the space of 24 hours.
The State Emergency Service has urged everyone to keep clear of fallen power lines, creeks and storm drains and to not drive through floodwaters.
Australia is on track for its wettest spring in a decade and some regions in NSW have already received more than three times their normal rainfall for November.
On Thursday some areas in the south of the state copped a drenching, with a portable rain station south of Griffith measuring 60mm in an hour.
Snowball, south-east of Canberra, recorded 28mm in an hour and Braidwood recorded 15mm in 30 minutes.
Gunnedah recorded more than 20mm in 90 minutes and a similar amount fell at Gunnedah over a two hour period.
Grafton recorded 20mm in three hours, Cabramurra saw 26mm fall over four hours
Areas including Coombah, Hay, Wilcannia, Broken Hill, Ivanhoe, Menindee and Balranald were in the path of a “complex low pressure system” that moved across the lower part of the state on Thursday.
Sydney’s downpour on Thursday caused disrupted play during a Sheffield Shield game at the SCG.
Brisbane too will see its heaviest rain on Friday, with up to 50mm predicted and a storm likely.
All Forbes residents have now been given the all clear to return home after the Lachlan River fell below minor flood levels.
During the height of floods in Forbes earlier this month, close to 2000 residents were ordered to evacuate and the river peaked at 10.54 metres, above major flood levels but below the peak during previous flooding in 2016.
NSW Farmers Association has called for a statewide natural disaster declaration so relief funds can be accessed as farmers watch paddocks go underwater and their crops destroyed after so many years of drought conditions.
Weather bureau head of operational climate services Andrew Watkins says the summer outlook for NSW is wet, with temperatures cooler than usual on the coast and warmer than usual in the state’s west.
Daily minimum temperatures are expected to be higher than normal as increased cloud traps hot air, leading to warmer nights.
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