Healthy falls for northeast NSWMellissa Mackellar, Monday January 21, 2013 - 13:07 EDT
Areas in far northeast New South Wales have been soaked by some of the heaviest falls in months.
Onshore winds laden with moisture have been feeding into a trough, bringing the wet conditions.
Ballina recorded 53mm to 9am this morning, the town's heaviest rain since June. Byron Bay picked up 40mm with as much as 5mm falling in ten minutes, much welcome after their driest start to January in four years. Elsewhere in the Northern Rivers 48mm fell at Alstonville, with 34mm at Bangalow and 37mm at Tweed Heads.
A total of 70mm at Forster marked the most rain they've seen since last February, although the rain was more isolated in the Mid North Coast and Hunter Coast. Port Macquarie Golf Club had 13mm, while 12mm was recorded at Nelson Bay and 5mm at Kempsey. Locals in Kempsey will be hoping for more rain after having below average rainfall since winter.
Showers have continued along the coast this morning, with Ballina picking up a further 15mm by midday. By the end of the day falls of up to 30mm are possible in the Northern Rivers, while further south showers should only amount to 2-5mm.
There is a chance of showers in northeastern NSW each day this week as a trough lingers over inland parts of the state and winds remain onshore.
© Weatherzone 2013
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