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Monthly rainfall in a day for TAS

Tristan Meyers, Friday January 29, 2016 - 13:13 EDT

Tasmania has copped intense rainfall totals, with falls widespread in excess of 50mm across the north of the state.

In a single day, Ross received their heaviest rainfall in 11 years at 60mm. Meanwhile, at 31mm, Maydena had their wettest January day in nearly 20 years.

For Devonport and Launceston Airport, this was the heaviest falls since March 2011 at 52 mm and 71 mm, respectively and twice the January average.

The astounding rainfall totals over 24 hours exceed the entire month's average in Sheffield, Ouse, Bicheno and Orford.

This persistent rain has caused flooding in some areas. There is currently a moderate flood warning for the South Esk River, with flood levels rising to 5 metres in Fingal on early Saturday morning. Other rivers which may be issued with flood warnings include the Llewellyn and Nile Rivers. Elsewhere, there is currently a flood watch for all north eastern river basins.

These unusually moisture-laden storms are generally formed over the eastern mainland, but the broad and deep nature of the low pressure trough that caused these storms has driven them as far south as the Apple Isle.

Unfortunately, the heavy dousing has missed some fires burning in the northeast of the state. However, the thundery showers are look to progress to this region later today, hopefully bringing some respite for fire fighters.

- Weatherzone

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