Showers soak Sydney and HunterBen Domensino, Wednesday April 16, 2014 - 13:25 EST
Eastern New South Wales has been soaked by some of the heaviest showers since spring.
Cool and gusty southerly winds have combined with a pool of cold air in the upper atmosphere, bringing heavy showers to the Sydney and Hunter coasts.
Forster gained 62mm during the 24 hours to 9am today, which was the heaviest rain since November. Further south Nelson Bay picked up 53mm, making it the wettest April day since 2009.
As showers streamed over the coast, more than 30mm was recorded between Sydney and Newcastle.
Around the Sydney Basin, the heaviest falls occurred in the eastern suburbs. The greens at Long Reef golf club were running slow this morning after 38mm soaked the course. Elsewhere on the beaches, 37mm was recorded at Avalon and 32mm at Bondi. Observatory Hill in the city picked up 30mm, also the heaviest rain since November.
Southerly winds will continue to carry showers onto parts of the NSW coast today, this time focusing on the Hunter and Mid North Coast, where another 20 to 40mm is expected.
Showers will begin to move offshore on Thursday as the unstable southerly winds ease and a high pressure ridge builds over NSW from the west.
A dry and sunny Good Friday will kick off a pleasant long weekend for those spending their Easter break somewhere between Sydney and the Mid North Coast.
© Weatherzone 2014
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