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Wild weather continues on the east coast, as SA farmers miss rain again

Tuesday May 11, 2021 - 14:07 EST
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Storms pass through Sydney's suburbs as ferries work near Dobroyd Head. - ABC

Wild weather is forecast along Australia's east coast, with forecasters tipping heavy rain in parts of Victoria and over the New South Wales border with Queensland.


As of Tuesday afternoon, there are warnings out for East and West Gippsland and the Otways in Victoria along with the South Coast and alpine regions of New South Wales.


"The heavy rainfall associated with that severe weather warning may also lead to some flash flooding overnight," duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Sarah Scully said. 


It follows good rainfall totals overnight, with falls of about 40 millimetres for parts of Victoria. 


The rainfall is expected to continue Tuesday afternoon and into the early hours of Wednesday morning. 


Energetic storms in the north


The other main area of concern is over the New South Wales-Queensland border. 


According to Ms Scully, these energetic storms are normally more of a summer phenomenon, but above-average sea surface temperatures are helping to provide a handy moisture source that is combining with a dynamic upper-level low. 


The first of the storms kicked off last night, with many Brisbane south-siders waking at 1:30am to the vivid lightning show. 


The BOM recorded more than 100,000 lightning strikes, as well as wind gusts of 65 kilometres per hour and patches of heavy rain.  


The peak time for thunderstorms to develop is early-to mid-afternoon.


Ms Scully said, looking at the satellite imagery, things were already firing up again.


"It's really starting to bubble up as we speak," she said. 


"There's a few lightning strikes already." 


With the storms come the potential for damaging winds, large hail, heavy rainfall and flash flooding. 


When is it going to clear? 


Down around the Victoria-New South Wales border showers and storms are expected to continue into Wednesday. 


Up in Queensland the emphasis of the severe thunderstorms is likely to push further north into the Wide-Bay, Burnett and south-east coast districts from Wednesday. But Ms Scully said the very north of New South Wales would still be at risk. 


It is recommended people keep up to date with local warnings as thunderstorms are notoriously difficult to predict.


By Thursday, though, things are expected to ease as the worst of the weather moves off into the Tasman sea. 


South Australia still waiting for rain


The east and the west of the country have received quite a bit of rain so far but cropping regions in the middle are still waiting for the long-expected rain. 


A series of cold fronts are expected to make their way across the south of the country, bringing below-average temperatures to finish the week, but it does not appear that they will bring the widespread rains many farmers will be hoping for this far into the winter cropping season.







- ABC

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