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Soggy Sydney just had its wettest night of the year

Anthony Sharwood, Wednesday February 24, 2021 - 11:46 EDT

It has now rained in Sydney on 27 of the 54 days we've had so far in 2021. That's wet weather on every second day so far this year.

No wonder your umbrella always disappears if you leave it by the door of your favourite coffee shop.

But despite the consistent rain, Sydney hasn't seen too many of the really heavy downpours for which the city is known. That changed to some extent overnight, as the city's "official" weather station at Observatory Hill received 30.2 mm, while Sydney Airport copped 40.2 mm in the period between 9 pm and 9 am.

Image: It was a good night to shelter inside the house. Source: Pixabay

This was the heaviest fall in the city since October 2020, and the heaviest at the airport since July 2020.

The culprit?

Moisture feeding into a low pressure trough located near the NSW coast. The system was a bit hit and miss - most parts of the Central Coast just north of Sydney got little more than a sprinkling.

Further north, there were overnight showers and thunderstorms and some extremely heavy falls along central and northern parts of the NSW coast.

A rain gauge near Lawrence, to the west of Yamba, registered 133mm during the 24 hours to 9am on Wednesday.

Showers should continue on an off for Sydney for the rest of the week, though the heaviest falls are likely to be today and Thursday.

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