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Summer soaking for Hobart

James Casey, Wednesday January 14, 2015 - 09:41 EDT

An intense low has brought unseasonally heavy rain to southeastern Tasmania causing the heaviest January rain in almost a century for some parts.

After a mostly dry day for the southeast the rain began around dark and continued all night. Road weather alerts were issued to warn drivers to take care in the heavy rain and flood warnings issued for all eastern river basins.

Hobart received it's heaviest January rainfall in 98 years with 71mm to 9am. Mt Wellington had the heaviest falls with 153mm, while Copping, 109mm, Buckland, 100mm, and Clifton, 92, recorded unseasonally heavy rain.

The reason for this flooding rain was an intense low pressure system deepening over Bass Strait. This system directed gusty and moist onshore winds to the southeast of Tasmania as it slowly moved down the east coast of Tasmania.

The heavy rain is set to continue as the low directs strong southeasterly winds to the coast as the system slowly moves into the Tasman Sea. The rain will finally ease on Thursday before a front moves through early on Saturday causing lighter showers to start up again.


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