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South Australia soaking

Ben Domensino, Friday June 13, 2014 - 11:23 EST

Heavy rain and gales are battering South Australia today as a low pressure system spins across the state.

The low is dragging a cold pool of air over the state's south, which helped trigger heavy rain and allowed winds to strengthen overnight.

The heaviest falls recorded to 9am today were over the Lower Eyre Peninsula, where Coffin Bay picked up 54mm. Nearby, Port Lincoln's 46mm was the heaviest June rainfall in at least 20 years and the heaviest for any month since February 2011.

Gale force winds also battered parts of the coast, again targeting the Eyre Peninsula. Port Lincoln withstood a wind gust of 87km/h early this morning, while gusts reached 76km/h on the Mount Lofty Ranges after the sun had risen.

The low will track eastwards across the central agricultural areas today, bringing heavy falls to parts of the Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and Mount Lofty Ranges. Onshore winds will also continue to soak coastal areas between Elliston and Port Lincoln.

Rain and wind will ease tonight as the low moves into New South Wales and a high pressure ridge pushes into South Australia.

Southerly winds will be fresh over much of the state on Saturday, before easing on Sunday. The high will also cause showers to ease and become isolated over the weekend.

- Weatherzone

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