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Wettest start to autumn in 31 years for the Mallee

Guy Dixon, Thursday April 10, 2014 - 13:03 EST

Winter crops look forward to more autumnal rain with the potential for heavy falls over northern parts of Victoria and Southern New South Wales today.

Over the past few days, a saturated low pressure trough has been slowly moving across South Australia and western Victoria bringing in 24 hour totals in excess of 60mm to some parts.

In the 24 hour period to 9am, Swan Hill received 55mm making it the heaviest rain since 1998. Nearby, this slow moving trough had plenty of time to dump 51mm at Kerang, making it the fifth wettest start to autumn in 130 years of records. This deluge that Kerang received also made it the heaviest 24 hour total since 1931.

Further east over Victoria's Northern Country the story continues with Violet Town receiving 65mm and Warrenbayne picking up 59mm to 9 o'clock this morning.

Much of the Mallee region is seeing its wettest start to autumn in 31 years. This part of the country which is known as the nation's 'fruit bowl' is welcoming this steady autumnal rainfall in order to produce well watered winter crops.

Widespread heavy showers are set to continue over southern parts of NSW as this trough slowly surges east.

The heaviest falls are likely to continue occurring over Victoria's Northern Country and Northeast in addition to lower parts of New South Wales' Riverina and Southwest Slopes districts. Up to 50mm is likely throughout these districts however isolated falls of up to 60mm is possible in the next 24 hours.

As the trough continues towards the east, a low pressure system is forecast to develop off the South Coast on Friday. This system is expected to direct moist winds onshore over eastern Victoria and southeastern parts of New South Wales further increasing the chance of heavy showers on Saturday.

- Weatherzone

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