Heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding to hit NSW again

New South Wales is set to be hit by heavy rainfall over the next four days after a brief reprieve from the wet weather.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warned between 100 to 250 millimetres of rain is predicted to batter the state from the Hunter region to the Far South Coast.

A flood watch for a number of the state’s rivers and catchments will be issued due to the risk of flash flooding.

The NSW south coast and ranges are to be hit by heavy rainfall over the next four days. (Weatherzone)

“The focus is on coastal NSW from the Hunter to the South Coast,” NSW State Emergency Service Assistant Commissioner Dean Storey said.

BoM meteorologist Ailsa Schofield said there could be flash flooding following heavy rainfall.

The heaviest rainfall is expected on Thursday.

“On Wednesday we might see rainfall total in excess of 100 millimetres,” Ms Schofield said.

“On Thursday we might see rainfall totals in excess of 200 to 250 millimetres.

“On Friday we will see higher rainfall totals in excess of 150 millimetres.”

Meteorologist Ailsa Schofield said a flood watch will be issued for a significant number of NSW rivers due to the severe weather in coming days.
Meteorologist Ailsa Schofield said a flood watch will be issued for a significant number of NSW rivers due to the severe weather in coming days. (9News)

Ms Schofield warned moderate flooding could occur in the Upper Hunter, Hawkesbury and Nepean valley, as well as the Colo River.

She also said minor flooding could occur in the Illawarra, South Coast and Far South Coast.

“The catchments are very wet it won’t take much rainfall to see flash flooding,” she said.

Meanwhile, rain is also predicted in the already flood-ravaged north of NSW where recovery efforts after two flooding events in less than a month caused extensive damage to the region.

“There remains the risk of some rainfall impacting the north coast and northern rivers areas which have seen so much rainfall in recent times,” Assistant Commissioner Storey said.

Not only is heavy rainfall predicted, but more damaging winds and large waves will pummel the NSW coast.

“This surge of wind and swell are being caused by a tropical cyclone moving south across the Coral Sea and pressing against a high pressure system in the southern Tasman Sea,” Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.

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Waves could reach highs of up to two to three metres later this week and NSW coastal residents are warned of the risk of erosion.

“While this swell will be smaller than the waves that inundated the state’s coast last weekend, they may still cause erosion in some areas,” Mr Domensino said.

Rain and thunderstorms are also expected to develop over Victoria and southern Queensland between Wednesday and the weekend.

“Rain and thunderstorms will linger over parts of eastern and southeastern Australia into the weekend, and some of these storms could also become severe,” Mr Domensino said.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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