Rain and storms continue to affect QLD and NSW today after some of the heaviest November rain in more than a decade fell last night.
A slow moving trough over eastern Australia is being fed by winds drawing moisture off the Coral Sea, causing widespread rain and thunderstorms.
Heavy rain produced by this trough soaked northeast NSW and southeast QLD last night, bringing more than 100mm of rain to some places.
The heaviest falls were recorded at Dunollie and Mundubbera in QLD, where 118mm fell in the rain gauge. Further inland, Isisford collected 52mm, which is one and a half times their monthly average. Kingaroy Airport saw 67mm, making it the heaviest rain during November for 11 years.
Northeast NSW also saw heavy rain, with falls of up to 76mm at Lismore. Casino managed 72mm including 61mm in one hour, making it the heaviest November rain in at least 18 years.
The trough continued to creep across the nation's east today, causing rain to persist and reigniting thunderstorms. Lightning was affecting QLD's Central West and the Northern Tablelands of NSW just after lunch time.
By 9am on Sunday morning, parts of southeast QLD and far northeast NSW are likely to see up to 50mm of rain, with localised falls of 50-100mm.
The trough will move into the Coral Sea on Sunday, allowing the heaviest falls to contract to the QLD coast before clearing. Monday is looking significantly drier across eastern Australia.
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