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La Niña weather Australia: BOM radar shows November rain event could be record-breaking


Much of Australia’s east coast continues to be drenched by a deepening low-pressure system, bringing heavy rains and damaging winds.

The pressure system is expected to push further east on Friday as flood warnings for much of eastern Australia remain in place.

In the video above, much of the east coast continues to be hit by major flooding

The Bureau of Metereology (BOM) issued severe thunderstorm warnings early on Friday morning for much of northwest NSW including Newcastle, Belmont, Karuah, Gosford, Wyong and Nelson Bay.

In its warning, the BOM stated that damaging winds and heavy rainfall are likely to lead to flash flooding in these areas.

Senior BOM Meterologist Jonathan How told Sunrise the wet weather will continue for the rest of Friday and into the weekend.

“We’ll see plenty of showers and storms, through eastern Victoria, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast as well,” Mr How said.

“Conditions will continue into Saturday, before easing off slightly.”

Mr How also said the severe conditions are shaping up for a record-breaking event in Australia.

“It is shaping up to be one of the top 10 worst Novembers in Australian history,“ he said.

“Canberra has officially recorded their wettest November on record.“

BOM stated that damaging winds and heavy rainfall are likely to lead to more flash flooding in NSW
BOM stated that damaging winds and heavy rainfall are likely to lead to more flash flooding in NSW Credit: 7NEWS
Queensland also saw heavy rainfall along it’s coast.
Queensland also saw heavy rainfall along it’s coast. Credit: 7NEWS

Some regions in NSW have already received more than three times their normal rainfall for November.

On Thursday some areas in the south of the state copped a drenching, with a portable rain station south of Griffith measuring 60mm in an hour.

Weather bureau head of operational climate services Andrew Watkins says the summer outlook for NSW is wet.
Weather bureau head of operational climate services Andrew Watkins says the summer outlook for NSW is wet. Credit: 7NEWS
Daily minimum temperatures in summer are expected to be higher than normal in much of Australia.
Daily minimum temperatures in summer are expected to be higher than normal in much of Australia. Credit: 7NEWS

Sydney’s Warragamba Dam received 96mm of rain in 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday.

Gunnedah recorded more than 20mm in 90 minutes and a similar amount fell at Gunnedah over a two hour period.

Queensland also saw heavy rainfall as 190 mm was recorded overnight at Bundaberg.

NSW Farmers Association has called for a statewide natural disaster declaration so relief funds can be accessed as farmers watch paddocks go underwater and their crops destroyed after so many years of drought conditions.

Areas including Coombah, Hay, Wilcannia, Broken Hill, Ivanhoe, Menindee and Balranald were in the path of a “complex low pressure system” that moved across the lower part of the state on Thursday.

Flood warnings for much of eastern Australia remain in place.
Flood warnings for much of eastern Australia remain in place. Credit: 7NEWS
Gunnedah recorded more than 20mm in 90 minutes during the week.
Gunnedah recorded more than 20mm in 90 minutes during the week. Credit: 7NEWS

Severe thunderstorms also prompted concern around the state, looming over the south coast and southern tablelands on Thursday afternoon as well as threatening in west NSW near Wilcannia.

Weather bureau head of operational climate services Andrew Watkins says the summer outlook for NSW is wet, with temperatures cooler than usual on the coast and warmer than usual in the state’s west.

Daily minimum temperatures are expected to be higher than normal as increased cloud traps hot air, leading to warmer nights.

– with AAP



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