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Cataract Gorge charging after wet week in northern Tassie

Ben Domensino, Monday July 19, 2021 - 20:17 EST

Rivers are bulging after a wet week in northern Tasmania, with more rain on the way.

Last week, a series of cold fronts delivered around 50-100mm of rain to northern and western Tasmania. This left the ground saturated, and rivers swollen, with minor flooding occurring in the Meander and North Esk Rivers over the weekend. The video below shows water rushing through Cataract Gorge near Launceston on Saturday.


This week, 50-100mm of rain is on the way for some areas in western Tasmania and another 20-40mm could accumulated in the state’s sodden north. While this much rain is not uncommon during a winter’s week for these parts of Tasmania, there may be further flooding as the water hits already saturated catchments.

Not as wet in Hobart

But while northern and western Tasmania are seeing plenty of rain this month, the state’s southeast has been missing out.

As of 9am on Monday, Hobart had only collected 7.6mm of rain since the beginning of July. This is the city’s driest July-to-date since 2010 and the equal second driest in the last 42 years.

By contrast, Launceston Airport has had 67.4mm so far this month, which is its second highest total to this point in July for 12 years.

Image: Cataract Gorge at Launceston, Tasmania on Saturday, July 17. Source: @living_the_life_of_shaun / Instagram

Flood watches and warnings will be issued where necessary throughout the week.

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