WEATHER UPDATE: Heavy rainfall forecast for Sunday

ABOVE: Tina Haag took this photo of children waiting at a Rappville bus shelter.

Susanna Freymark

The rain continues and heavy rainfall is forecast for Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the surface trough over southeast Queensland is forecast to deepen into a low-pressure system in response to a strong upper low later tonight.

This low is expected to track southward into northeastern NSW on Sunday producing heavy rainfall with thunderstorms.

The heavy rainfall could result in flash flooding in parts of northeast NSW during Sunday morning or afternoon. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 80 and 110 mm are likely, reaching up to 150 mm over coastal areas and ranges.

Local intense rainfall could lead to dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is possible with thunderstorms near the low with six-hourly rainfall totals up to 250 mm possible.

Intersection of Elliotts Rd and Bungawalbin-Whiporie Rd, taken from the Coraki end. Photo: Candy Lawrence

A Flood Watch and multiple flood warnings are current for parts of northeast NSW.

Locations affected include Kyogle, Casino, Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

At 6am this morning, the Clarence River at Tabulam was at 5.88m and steady.

The Clarence River at Baryulgil was 5.87m and rising as of 8am this morning.

Heavy rainfall across the Richmond and Wilsons River catchments since Wednesday has caused moderate flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore. River level rises have been observed along the Richmond River.

The Rocky River at Tabulam this morning at 8.30am. Photo: Kylie Martin

Floodwaters from the Wilsons River combined with floodwaters from the Richmond River have caused minor flooding along the Richmond River at Coraki and Bungawalbin. Minor flooding is also likely along the Richmond River at Woodburn this morning, Saturday, February 26.

This map of Australia shows how the country is being impacted by rain and Cyclone Anika approaching the north of Australia.

Queensland is being hardest hit by rain and current weather conditions.

The forecast for next week is more rain.

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