Winter soaking coming to northeast NSWRob Sharpe, Monday August 25, 2014 - 16:02 EST
Farmers across northeast New South Wales are anticipating the prospect of fresh rain, adding to last week's soaking.
Today, a low pressure trough near the NSW coast is producing widespread showers and a few thunderstorms across eastern NSW, with a focus along the ranges. But this is barely anything compared to what is coming on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tonight, showers will become more widespread along the coast as instability increases within the atmosphere. On Tuesday and Wednesday, showers and thunderstorms will become widespread in northeastern NSW.
Farmers across inland parts of NSW celebrated last week's widespread 20-40mm, with many mentioning they would love at least 5mm of follow up rain. For the Northwest Slopes and Plains and the Northern Tablelands most properties will see just that.
In the Northern Tablelands showers and storms are likely to amount to widespread totals of 10-30mm. In the Northwest Slopes and Plains falls are likely to reach 5-15mm across the district, with the heavier falls in the east.
The coastal districts will see even heavier rain on Tuesday and Wednesday as an east coast low nears the coast, with potential for coastal communities to see 100-200mm by Wednesday night. This would make it the heaviest widespread rain since last year.
From Thursday, showers will become confined east of the ranges. Falls should be lighter than in the next few days, but there is still the chance of heavy showers if another east coast low nears the coast.
The general trend is for easing showers towards the weekend, which should signal the end to the very wet spell NSW has experienced.
© Weatherzone 2014
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