Rainfall Update

  • At the start of the week an East Coast Low off the New South Wales coast, that had already brought heavy rain from the Hunter to the Illawarra, decayed into a trough and moved northwards bringing further heavy rain
  • Significant flooding occurred in catchments, from the Illawarra to the Mid North coast, still saturated from extreme rainfall earlier this year
  • Many sites from Sydney to the Mid North Coast set July daily rainfall records, with weekly totals of 150-300 mm
  • The highest weekly total for the 5-11 July period at a Bureau gauge was 389.8 mm at Taree Airport AWS
  • Taree Airport AWS recorded 305.0 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am 7 July the highest daily total ever reported (for any month) in Taree, with observations starting in 1881
  • There were weekly totals of 50-100 mm, with higher totals locally, along the eastern Queensland coast from a cloundband early in the week, over 5 times the July monthly average for much of the Gulf Country and Northern Goldfields
  • Weekly totals of 25-50 mm for were recorded in coastal areas of south-west Western Australia, western Tasmania and East Gippsland in Victoria from the passage of cold fronts, with some sites in south-west Western Australia recording up to 90 mm
Map of rainfall totals for this week

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