Australia: More Heavy Rains On The Way In East

With a deep trough once more approaching from the interior of Australia and masses of moisture feeding into it from the east, more heavy rain is expected over the east of the country Friday and Saturday.

The trough has already brought heavy storms to parts of South Australia, including 9mm in 10 minutes at Ceduna this afternoon. Falls of 50mm or more are possible with storms over SA Thursday night.

On Friday, the trough will move east bringing thunderstorms and 10 to 30mm of rain to almost every district of NSW as well as much of VIC and western QLD.

The heaviest falls are likely to be near the NSW/VIC ranges and western slopes when extremely moist northerly winds get extra uplift.

Falls of greater than 50mm are likely, particularly about the Central and Southern Tablelands and adjacent slopes - a Severe Weather Warning for Flash Flooding has been issued. There is also a Flood Watch current for SA.

On Saturday, the trough will move north, pushing dry gusty westerlies over the south of the country, bringing a hot, dry day to the coast, while cloud and cool temperatures will persist near
the ranges and western slopes.