Best rain in ages for South AustraliaBen McBurney, Monday April 29, 2013 - 11:03 EST
Rain is soaking southern parts of South Australia as a low pressure
trough crosses the state, with some places already picking up their
heaviest rain in over a year.
Totals of 10-20mm were a commonplace across districts ranging from the
West Coast to the Mount Lofty Ranges, with the Eastern Eyre Peninsula
seeing the heaviest falls.
Cowell saw the state's highest fall, picking up 27mm to 9am this
morning. This was the town's heaviest rain in a year and a half, and
the heaviest April rain in 43 years of records.
Kimba not far from Cowell received more than its monthly average
rainfall in one day with 24mm. This was also the town's heaviest April
fall in 13 years.
Totals in Adelaide were generally light, with most suburbs seeing less
than 5mm. However, places just north of the SA capital picked up some
handy falls. Roseworthy saw 13mm, its heaviest rain since February and
also its heaviest April fall in four years. Gawler received 12mm, its
heaviest rain since winter.
As the trough continues to drift slowly across the state today, rain
areas should continue. A further 5-10mm is likely today in
southeastern parts of the North West Pastoral, Flinders and the Mid
North, with some places possibly seeing up to 15mm. Unfortunately, the
band of rain is fairly narrow, with places north and south of it
unlikely to pick up more than 2mm.
By Tuesday, the trough will begin to weaken. Although patchy rain
should linger, falls are likely to be generally less than 5mm with
isolated falls of up to 10mm possible. On Wednesday, only very light
falls are likely in the east, with partly cloudy and drier conditions
returning to the remainder of SA as a high pressure system crosses the
© Weatherzone 2013
More breaking news
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds and dangerous surf conditions for Sydney.
Tasmania woke to a cold and frosty morning with road weather alerts issued for some areas due to icy conditions and there are more cold mornings to come.
Parts of eastern Australia are facing an increased threat of bushfires this summer and authorities are gearing up for possibly significant forest fires.