Relish the sunshine on the east coast while it lasts because the latest warnings indicate that a month’s worth of rain was on its way and would be arriving with a bang in many parts of Australia later next week.
While the clouds seem to have cleared over some parts of the east coast today, it’s not for long. Apparently, a “major rain event” is on its way in what is now considered as the wettest beginning of a year in almost a decade for several parts.
Forecasts show that more than the average monthly rainfall for March could be dumped on Sydney in the next eight days.
However, while Aussies in two-thirds of the country’s population might be prudent enough to keep their umbrellas handy, those in the far south from Perth through to Melbourne will experience dry weather and hot conditions in some areas.
“We’ve got a major, prolonged rain event on our hands this week across Australia,” meteorologist Rob Sharpe reported.
“It started on the weekend and it’s now pushing into southeast Queensland but there is a lot more where that came from.”
A high-pressure system within the Tasman Sea is shoving up moisture and pushing it backwards to Australia.
The good news to farmers is that the showers will not just be confined to the coast and that the extended swathes in the interior of Queensland and the northern parts of New South Wales should brace for a soaking. Unfortunately, this kind of downpour might be tricky for farmers currently harvesting their crops.
Flooding is forecast in various parts of Queensland where 67 percent of the land is affected by drought.
For New South Wales, the week is expected to be more drenched than the previous with the coast set to remain wet for at least eight straight days.
“The heaviest rain will arrive from midweek as rain spreads back south from Queensland. Most of the NSW coast will see close to 100mm, including Sydney,” explained Mr Sharpe.
“Pockets of flooding are possible along the coast from Thursday onwards.”
The La Nina climate driver that has delivered a wetter than usual summer, is thought to be exiting as it prepares to prove that it’s still powerful.
“This rain event is typical of a La Nina phase and there are early signs next week will bring another round of soaking rain to eastern Australia.”
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