Inland NSW soaked in much needed rainBen McBurney, Sunday February 16, 2014 - 11:22 EDT
Many parts of inland New South Wales have finally received relief after a long period of hot and dry weather, with some places seeing their best rain in six years.
A broad low pressure trough lying over the state's interior combined with high levels of moisture sourced from the tropics to produce widespread areas of rain.
Cobar saw one of heaviest falls for the state, collecting 68mm in the 24 hours to 9am today, its heaviest rain since 2008. Some places north and west of Cobar had their best rain in more than a year, with Innesowen picking up 43mm and Louth 30mm.
Further east some places had their biggest falls since winter, including Orange and Burrinjuck Dam which collected 40mm and 59mm respectively.
The trough bringing all the rain will move gradually east today, causing rain to push into the Upper Western and southern parts of the North West Slopes and Plains, Upper Hunter and Mid North Coast. These areas should see widespread falls of 10-20mm, although isolated totals could be as high as 40mm, particularly with thunderstorms.
By Monday, the trough should be lying over the northeast corner of NSW, with totals likely to be significantly less than what has been seen over the last few days. However by mid-week the trough should deepen, bringing the risk of further rain to the region.
Elsewhere in the state, dry conditions are more likely except along the coast, but conditions will be cooler as a front sweeps through on late on Wednesday.
© Weatherzone 2014
More breaking news
Top End residents are unlikely to be relieved of the oppressive hot and humid build up conditions until Christmas, because the rain-bringing La Niña weather pattern is unlikely to eventuate in coming months, the Bureau of Meteorology has warned.
An international tourist has died and a woman has been injured after being hit by lightning while camping at Mt Warning, on the NSW north coast, police say.
The opening week of summer has been a hot and thundery mix in New South Wales and there is more to come.