Sydney records wettest year since records began in 1858
On Thursday morning, heavy rain made Sydney the wettest city in 164 years.
Official data indicate that, with only 86 days remaining in 2022, the city had received 2,213mm (87 inches) of rain by Thursday afternoon, exceeding the previous record of 2,194mm (86 inches) set in 1950.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology's (BoM) live data, over 58mm (2 inches) of rain fell between 9 am and 2 pm GMT on Wednesday, and more heavy rains are expected over the next three days and major floods are possible.
In 2022, more heavy rain is expected across the east coast of Australia due to La Nina. Eastern Australia experiences better cloud and rain conditions due to a La Nina phenomenon.
Sydney's sprawling western suburbs have experienced floods three times in the past two years, and the city, along with other parts of New South Wales, is bracing for further disruption in the future.
The catchments are flooded, the dams are full, and the rivers are already swollen. According to Steph Cooke, state emergency services minister, there is a high likelihood that any additional rainfall, regardless of how minor, will exacerbate flooding conditions in the state."
Flash flooding can happen with any extra rain." It is already at full capacity in many dams and rivers.
Sydney's Warragamba Dam, which supplies 80 percent of the city's water, will have its wall raised to help prevent more flooding in the future by the New South Wales state government.
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Significant flood risk for New South Wales and Victoria
As rain and thunderstorms are forecast across southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania on Thursday and into the weekend, flooding is likely to worsen, and it may even lead to the death of livestock.
As a result of rains, the levels of many already flooded rivers will rise, especially in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and northern Tasmania. In inland New South Wales, minor to major flooding is likely.
In parts of north-west Tasmania, a Severe Weather Warning remains in effect due to damaging winds. In Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania, there are also flood watches in effect.
Heavy rain is expected to fall over parts of New South Wales starting late Friday, particularly the eastern half, including the western slopes and ranges, as well as central and southern coasts of the state.
The wet spring and saturated soils have already led to flooding in many communities. Forecasts and warnings are updated frequently as the situation changes.
We urge people to heed the advice of emergency services and keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings, both on the Bureau's website and by using the BOM Weather app where notifications can be enabled.
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Widespread rain and storms to extend across Australia this week
Southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are experiencing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms over the weekend. Over the weekend, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are expected to be affected by widespread widespread moderate to heavy rainfall, bringing with it renewed rain and flooding Thunderstorms and wet conditions are expected across most of the state during the weekend and on Monday.
In many inland catchments, widespread and significant flooding is likely due to localized rain and downstream flood peaks. It is not surprising that there are a number of flood warnings currently in place. Due to an unusually wet spring and saturated soils, many dams are at capacity, and catchments are very vulnerable to flooding.
The Macquarie, Darling, Culgoa, and Lachlan rivers are already experiencing major flooding over the past few days.
A lot of flood watches have been issued across the inland and central coastal regions of New South Wales, including major flooding for the Gwydir, Namoi, Macquarie, Belubula rivers, Mandagery Creek, Lachlan and Bogan rivers, Colo River, Wollombi Brook, Lower Hunter rivers, and more. Minor to moderate flooding is reported in many more catchments.
Rain and thunderstorms are expected today in Victoria. Yarra and Dandenong ranges as well as the Bass Coast may also see significant rain over the next few days.
Showers will occur in southern Victoria on Saturday and subside on Sunday. Avoca and Loddon rivers are under moderate flood watches.
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Ireland weather: Met Eireann pinpoint when the rain will stop after a wet and windy week
In many parts of the country, rain has been regular and even heavy downpours have occurred in areas during this week. The conditions were exacerbated by strong winds. Rain is on its way out.
Our weekend looks a little more promising than last week with Met Eireann predicting drier weather. As the day progresses, it will become sunny spells with scattered showers, but conditions will start off wet and windy. Throughout the evening, they'll become isolated and there'll be a chill in the air. Heavy or thundery at times?
There'll be lots of sunshine tomorrow, which will lead to another drier day. In the west and northwest, however, this weather pattern may become overcast during the evening, with patchy light rain and drizzle potential.
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