An offshore trough has combined with a large pressure system to drive heavy showers onto the eastern seaboard, with the highest falls since March for some places.
Sydneysiders endured a soggy commute home yesterday with heavy showers streaming ashore in a brisk southerly wind. Showers continued during the evening and overnight with the City picking up 19mm to 9am on Friday. The southern suburbs saw a touch more with 34mm falling at Randwick and 35mm at Cronulla.
The highest falls in the state were in the Illawarra where Kiama recorded 44mm, which is their highest total since March. These showers were particularly heavy at times with up to 6mm falling in just ten minutes. There were widespread falls over 10mm stretching right up to the Northern Rivers with 19mm falling in Ballina.
On Friday the trough responsible will weaken and the high will move eastwards allowing the heaviest of the showers to contract to coastal areas of northern NSW and southern Queensland. Falls of up to 20mm are possible. For Sydney, isolated showers will continue on Friday with falls of up to 5mm. Over the weekend Sunday will be the pick of the days with mostly sunny skies and tops in the high teens.
© Weatherzone 2012
15:13 EST Parts of the NSW coast have seen their heaviest rain in four years as an East Coast Low creeps north.