Eight days of rain predicted

Several days of heavy rain, blustery winds and dangerous surf are about to hit eastern Australia, with flooding a risk in parts of Queensland and NSW during the opening days of July according to Weatherzone.

It isn’t what we want to hear. The sunshine we’ve had recently has been welcomed.

Much of the ground in areas that were flooded remains sodden. The last thing it needs is more rain.

Weatherzone reported that tropical moisture feeding into a broad and slow-moving upper-level trough will produce the prolonged period of wet weather in the coming week.

Rain will start to increase over parts of NSW from tomorrow, Friday, July 1 as a cloud band spreads over eastern Australia from the tropics.

Rainfall for the Evans Head region this year. Photo: Weatherzone

Looking at the next eight days, widespread rain is expected to affect a large area of eastern Australia from Cooktown to Batemans Bay. Accumulated rainfall totals of 100 to 200mm are likely in some parts of this region, with isolated falls above 300mm possible. This rainfall is likely to cause flooding in some areas, most likely in central QLD and southern NSW.

This weather event is also likely to produce strong and potentially damaging winds along the NSW coast and ranges from this weekend into early next week, most likely near and to the south of the developing low-pressure system. These winds may prompt warnings on land and over water and will also generate big waves in the coastal zone.

Casino’s rainfall so far this year. Photo: Weatherzone

Anyone travelling on roads at the start of the NSW school holidays should take extra precautions in this hazardous weather.

SES have issued a flood watch for mid north coast and the southern part of NSW.

This dramatic satellite image was taken on March 31, 2022 and highlights the extent of the second major flood to impact our region within a month of each other. The flood area is more than 300km2. The image was taken from the Sentinel 2 satellite which is an Earth Observation mission. Note the amount of topsoil carried in the flood.

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