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NSW coast faces a wet week

Rob Sharpe, Tuesday April 2, 2013 - 15:25 EDT

The New South Wales coast is facing the prospect of a week of intermittent showers to start a soggy April and May.

On Tuesday, skies were mostly clear with just the odd coastal shower, but showers will come onshore from Wednesday with a splash.

The coast and ranges of NSW and southern QLD will receive showers on Wednesday and Thursday with the heaviest falls likely to impact the Mid North Coast.

Cloud and showers will continue to cover the NSW and QLD coast until early next week as a stationary high pressure ridge directs moist southeasterly winds. By Monday the Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers and Southeast Coast districts are likely to have received widespread falls of 40-60mm.

The Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra coastlines are also likely to gain showers on most days with 20-40mm by th e end of the week.

Looking ahead to the rest of autumn, wet weather is likely to be prominent in eastern NSW. For the Sydney, Hunter and Illawarra coastlines, April and May are traditionally some of the wettest months of the year.

This season should be wetter than usual as waters off the northwest of Australia are warmer than is typical at this time of year. This extra warmth will provide added moisture to the cloud bands that develop in the northwest and move east across the country, bringing rain events to eastern Australia.

Inland parts of New South Wales can expect drier than usual conditions for April as showers will barely reach beyond the ranges. It is not until a northwest cloudband arrives that inland parts of northern NSW can expect a drenching. The southwest of the state may have to wait a little longer into winter to receive significant rain.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2013

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