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Last day of storms for northern NSW

James Casey, Monday December 16, 2013 - 13:52 EDT

Storms have already sparked up in Northern NSW with severe storms a risk this afternoon.

The last few days have seen thunderstorms light up over the north coast of NSW with large hail falling about the Northern Tablelands. Rainfall has also been a feature with isolated heavy falls throughout the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers. To get an idea of how isolated these heavy falls have been, weather stations on either side of Grafton recorded very different rainfall amounts with 13mm at Grafton Airport and only 1mm at the Grafton Research Centre. Masses of lightning have also been a major feature with over 4000 strikes occurring yesterday within a 50km radius of Grafton.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued today for heavy rainfall in northern parts of NSW on the slopes and ranges. Heavy rainfall is again likely to be isolated with thunderstorms and are likely to spread north into southeastern QLD this afternoon.

Today will be the last day of thunderstorms for the northeastern NSW for at least a week, as the trough causing these storms should weaken. For QLD, storms should edge towards central parts tomorrow as a ridge of high pressure builds over the NSW/QLD border. This time next week has

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