Sydney soaked in a peak hour deluge that made for a slow commute to
work for many this morning.
Showers moved into southern Sydney at around 5:30am as a southerly
change pushed up the New South Wales coast.
Kiama in the Illawarra recorded 28mm of rain in half an hour at 4am
and Bellambi Point saw 10mm in an hour, giving a sign of things to
come for Sydney.
The heavy showers moved into southern and eastern parts of the Sydney
Basin as early commuters were leaving home. Sydney Airport recorded
its first drops just before 6:30am, before collecting 16mm in the rain
gauge by 7am.
A band of heavy showers then moved north and dropped 14mm in just 10
minutes in the city, with a total of 27mm recorded by 9am. This is the
heaviest rain in a month.
Fresh winds south to south-easterly with the change gusted up to
61km/h at North Head and 59km/h at the airport.
Widespread flash flooding resulted across inundated roads throughout
Sydney, slowing traffic to a crawl at the most unfortunate time of the
morning. There were also delays on trains and buses in response to the
A grey blanket of cloud and lighter showers will linger over the city
for the rest of the morning, before easing during the afternoon and
clearing by this evening.
Fortunately for those drying off in office chairs this morning, the
commute home will be more manageable then the trip in this morning.
© Weatherzone 2013
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