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Wettest May day on record for Moomba

Press Release, Monday May 24, 2010 - 14:37 EST
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Wettest May day on record for Moomba

24/05/2010: The outback South Australian town of Moomba has just picked up its highest daily rainfall total for May in 14 years of records, according to

Moomba recorded 27mm in the 24 hours to 9am today, most of that falling between midnight and 5am as a large area of thunderstorms tracked across the region.

The rain was reasonably widespread across northern parts of South Australia overnight and this morning, with a number of locations picking up in excess of 15mm.

"Last night’s rain and storms were triggered by a trough rotating around a deep low pressure system that has been anchored in the Bight for the last couple of days," meteorologist Matt Pearce said.

"This system is very slow-moving, so we can expect more unsettled weather across the state through the rest of today and into tomorrow morning, before the low heads eastward into New South Wales."

Showers and thunderstorms are currently developing across Eyre Peninsula and moving towards central districts. There is a good chance of Adelaide and surrounding areas picking up some more welcome rainfall from around the middle of the afternoon.

"Since 9am, Coles Point, on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula, has recorded five millimetres from this latest band of rain and storms. We are looking at widespread falls of five to 10 millimetres by tomorrow morning across central and southeast South Australia," Pearce said.

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