Flooding eases in northern TasmaniaBob Neil, Thursday August 22, 2013 - 16:24 EST
Wet and wild weather has hit Launceston this month, with current rainfall totals already indicating this to be the wettest August on record amid flood watches and warnings for all northern river basins.
The rain returned again yesterday, delivering 21.4mm to 9am this morning, with more expected later today. Yesterday also saw a minimum of -2.5 degrees, making it the coldest for August in seven years.
The latest bout of wet weather comes after weekend rain delivered a total of 53.4mm and Wednesday of last week recorded a drenching of 52.2 mm - the wettest day in any month since August 2005. This is bad news for northern river catchment areas, which are back on flood watch today. Minor flood warnings are also in force for the North and South Esk River, as well as the Lower Meander River.
A cold front pushing into the southeast of Australia has been responsible for the latest soaking in Tasmania's north. The front is only expected to generate further falls of 5-15mm in the Launceston area between now and early next week, which are unlikely to lead to further flood risk. High river levels will continue in the nearby lower South Esk River around Hadspen and Trevallyn, but are not likely to rise above minor flood levels due to rainfall being much lighter than last night.
Next week is looking drier for much of the time, allowing for river levels to drop further. Showers are more likely later in the week but the good news is they aren't likely to become as heavy as recent falls.
© Weatherzone 2013
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