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East Coast Low soaks NSW

Ben Domensino, Friday May 24, 2013 - 15:24 EST

Parts of the NSW coast have seen their heaviest rain in four years as
an East Coast Low creeps north.

The low pressure system has already triggered showers along the entire
length of the state's coastline, with towns between Coffs Harbour and
Tarree picking up the heaviest falls so far.

During the 24 hours to 9am Friday, Port Macquarie recorded 155mm, the
heaviest rain since February 2009 and the heaviest for May in 12
years. Further north, Coffs Harbour saw 106mm, the heaviest during May
since 2005.

Parts of the Illawarra also registered triple figure totals to 9am
Friday, with 111mm at Darkes forest coming in as the heaviest May rain
in 15 years.

Around Sydney, Turramurra collected their highest May total in a
decade with 70mm, while the city picked up 31mm, the heaviest in just
over a month.

As the low tracks further north during Friday afternoon and evening,
the heaviest rain will continue to target the stretch of coast between
Lismore and Port Macquarie. Between 9am and 1:30pm, Coffs Harbour had
already registered another 82mm of rain. This brings their running
monthly total for May to 220mm, which is 61mm above the long term
average and makes this the wettest May in 14 years.

The low may also generate damaging winds north of about Port Macquarie
during Friday afternoon and evening, particularly with any
thunderstorm activity.

Looking ahead, isolated showers will extend to about Wollongong
tonight before clearing from the Illawarra early Saturday morning. By
mid-morning on Saturday, there will only be showers north of about
Newcastle, which will mostly clear by the evening.

A high pressure system moving into the region over the weekend will
bring more stable conditions. Most of the NSW coast will enjoy clear
skies on Sunday, allowing built-up loads of washing to finally hang
out to dry.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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