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Soaking rain coming to an end in NSW

Rob Sharpe, Tuesday August 19, 2014 - 10:47 EST

Greatly needed soaking rain is finishing up in New South Wales, with many places swamped by their biggest rain in over a year.

On the weekend a deep low pressure trough brought widespread rain to the state, focussing on the north. From Sunday night until Monday evening a complex low pressure system then focussed rain and powerful winds along the southern and central coasts of NSW.

For northern NSW this has been the best rain since January with widespread 20-50mm. Through the South Coast, Illawarra and Sydney regions it has been the best rain since last year, with most places gaining 100-200mm.

In Wollongong, Albion Park received 182mm since Saturday morning, its best rain since June 2012 and more rain than across the last four months.

Further south, Beaumont has recorded a whopping 214mm and Moruya Heads gained 156mm from the event.

In Sydney, the wettest locations were central suburbs, such as Turramurra and Olympic Park which gained 159mm and 164mm respectively. Closer to the coast, the city gained 89mm and Sans Souci saw 112mm. One of the best in the west was Camden, which saw 117mm, its heaviest August rainfall in 24 years. Penrith saw a mere 66mm, but this was still its best rain since November.

Wind has caused significant damage near the coast, with hundreds of calls to the SES due to wind related damage. Wind is now strongest along the Hunter coast this morning, but the severe weather warning has been cancelled.

Conditions will ease today as the complex low pressure system moves away from the coast, allowing NSW residents a chance to clean up and then enjoy the new life in the landscape. Showers will become more isolated and wind will ease, allowing a bit of sunshine to break between the clouds as the day progresses.

For the rest of the week, moist onshore winds will bring the risk of showers along the length of the coast, stretching into southern Queensland. However, they won't be bringing the kinds of widespread rain we have seen in recent days. All coastal locations should enjoy long dry periods and the occasional shower until the end of the week. As far inland as western Sydney most days will be completely dry.

- Weatherzone

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