Sloshy start to April along NSW coastRob Sharpe, Monday April 1, 2013 - 09:19 EDT
Showers began spreading along the NSW coast on Easter Sunday and are a sign of things to come for the rest of autumn.
Heavy showers reached Ulladulla last night with 6mm in a matter of 10 minutes. During the night the gauge recorded almost 80mm, the heaviest April fall in at least 16 years. Further north, Point Perpendicular gained approximately 120mm from 10pm through to this morning. This was its third heaviest daily rain total in the last decade.
Showers sloshed along the coast last night as moist southerly winds arrived in the wake of a weak trough. Coastal locations from Ulladulla to Port Macquarie have gained showers with some areas further inland being affected.
Sydney also received 3mm overnight, while Terrey Hills in Sydney's north received 18mm.
Today, showers will continue along much of the New South Wales coast before contracting further north and easing into the evening.
Showers will be on the radar for most of the week for parts of the New South Wales coast with Wednesday and Thursday the wettest days for most locations.
Looking ahead to the rest of autumn and start of winter, wet weather is likely to be prominent in eastern NSW. For the Sydney, Newcastle and Ulladulla areas, April through to June are traditionally some of the wettest months of the year.
This season may 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 extra moisture to the cloudbands that develop in the northwest and move east across the country, bringing rain events to eastern Australia.
If you want drier and colder weather, you may want to move to Melbourne or Adelaide for a few months.
© Weatherzone 2013
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