Soggy week for NSWMellissa Mackellar, Wednesday November 7, 2012 - 16:42 EDT
It's shaping up to be a wet week in NSW with parts already receiving their highest rainfall totals in months.
A broad, slow-moving low pressure trough is traversing the state today, generating widespread rain and thunderstorms.
This wet weather comes after much of the state's west and south recorded healthy falls on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Twenty millimetres of rain to 9am on Wednesday broke Menindee's dry spell of 25 days, with what was their heaviest November rain in seven years. Broken Hill received more than their monthly average rainfall with 31mm, while Griffith had 28mm, their highest rainfall since March.
The deluge continued during Wednesday as a line of thunderstorms dumped a further 66mm on Griffith, 20mm of which fell in half an hour. This was their biggest November rainfall on record. Meanwhile, Hillston to the northwest also had 48mm by 3pm on Wednesday, the most rainfall the town has seen during November since 1986.
The trough will continue to generate rain and thunderstorms over the coming days as the trough tracks further to the northeast. The wettest places are likely to be on and west of the ranges and in the state's northeast, with thunderstorms delivering the heaviest downpours.
© Weatherzone 2012
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