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Rain and storms lash northeast NSW and southeast QLD

Ben McBurney, Thursday June 13, 2013 - 17:40 EST

Heavy rain and severe storms swept through northeast New South Wales and southeast Queensland on Wednesday, with some places seeing their best June rain in almost a decade.

In a setup more indicative of summer than winter, a low pressure trough associated with a low pressure system to the south swept across the states. This created a wave of rain and storms that developed in the morning over the inland before reaching the coast by the evening.

There were widespread falls of 20-40mm across the region, with many places seeing their best rain in several months. There were even heavier falls in the Tweed area with up to 82mm recorded at Barneys Point.

In NSW, Tenterfield and Glen Innes picked up 39mm, their heaviest June rain since 2005 and 2006 respectively, while Tamworth collected 36mm, the town's heaviest June rain since 2008.

In QLD the heaviest falls were about the Darling Downs and Gold Coast, with Brisbane largely missing out. Beaudesert picked up 41mm to 9am, its heaviest June fall in eight years, while Oakington recorded 31mm, its heaviest June rain in five years.

Thunderstorms also produced damaging winds, flash flooding and hail across the region. A particularly severe storm hit Warwick in the evening, producing a narrow path of damage between 60 and 100 metres wide, with some indications that it may have briefly been tornadic. The storm also produced hail, as well as dropping just 16mm in just 10 minutes, bringing the town's 24 hour total to 41mm, its heaviest June fall since 2005.

The wild weather has largely cleared the region overnight, with only a few showers in its wake. From the weekend, days will be characterised by cold and frosty nights followed by generally sunny and dry days as a high pressure system moves over the region.

- Weatherzone

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