East Coast set to be hit by eight-day rain event, ‘likely’ flooding across NSW, Queensland


Australia’s east coast is set to be hit by a multi-day rain event, with forecasters warning flooding is “likely” as strong winds and waves hit the coast.

The wet weather event is caused by a deepening low pressure system that could last for up to eight days, Weathezone said.

A 2,800km stretch of the country – from Bateman’s Bay in southern New South Wales to Cooktown in far north Queensland – is on high alert.

The weather service says “total cumulative rainfall of 100-200mm is likely in parts of this region, with isolated falls greater than 300mm possible”.

Australia’s east coast is set to be hit by an eight-day weather event, which will see heavy rain and damaging winds batter NSW and Queensland. (weather zone)

Modeling suggests that up to 100ml could fall in 24 hours in parts of the NSW coast.

Heavy rains will begin on Friday before intensifying on Saturday, Weatherzone said.

Pedestrians use umbrellas to keep out the rain in Sydney, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, as parts of Australia's southeast coast were inundated by the worst flooding in over a decade.  Flood waters are moving south into the New
“Accumulated rainfall totals of 100-200mm are likely” over swathes of NSW and Queensland. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) (AP)

“A low pressure trough will deepen near the east coast of Australia on Saturday, causing increased rainfall over parts of eastern New South Wales and QLD.”

“Rain is expected to continue over eastern QLD and large areas of eastern and central New South Wales on Sunday.

“Heavy rain is forecast to fall over the southern or central coastal districts of New South Wales as a low pressure system deepens into the Tasman Sea, delivering perhaps more than 100mm of rain in one area. similar on Saturday.”

The location and strength of the Tasman Low becomes “uncertain from Monday”.

“The focus of heavy rain could be anywhere between the south and north coasts of New South Wales, with some showers also likely to extend west of the ranges.”

Big surf at high tide at Bondi Beach in Sydney.
Powerful, sometimes destructive, winds will also cause the waves to beat (Dylan Cocker)

The low pressure system will also generate strong, potentially damaging winds” along the NSW coast and beaches from the weekend.

“These winds can trigger warnings on land and water, and will also generate large waves in the coastal area,” Weatherzone said.

Let’s look at what is happening in the country today.

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A ‘shower of two’ is predicted for Queensland’s capital as temperatures range between 12C and 21C.

The weather will be mostly cloudy in the port city with lows of 9C and highs of 19C expected.

Another cold start for the nation’s capital today, lows of 1C are forecast. The mercury will reach a maximum temperature of 13C.

A partly cloudy day is forecast for Melbourne. A low of 5C and a high of 13C are expected.

A possible morning shower will fall over Hobart this morning. A low of 6C and a high of 11C are expected.

Across the Tasman, showers are easing in Adelaide.

A morning at 9C will give way to a day at 15C.

Morning and afternoon showers are likely in Darwin today as temperatures range between 19°C and 25°C.

And it will be sunny in Perth. A low of 6C and a high of 19C are expected.


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