rain - 2ST

A return to winter with wind, rain and storms forecast for the Shoalhaven

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The last of a beautiful Shoalhaven sunrise this morning for a few days at least with the weather about to change dramatically.

The Shoalhaven is in for a warm day with tops in the mid to high 20s before a cold front rips through the region later today.

The mercury will drop significantly as a gusty southerly with a possible thunderstorm and rain arrives.

Jiwon Park from the Weather Bureau said we could get up to 40 millimetres of rain later today.

"Local heavy rainfall is possible with any thunderstorm in the vicinity of the front.

Park said when the front arrives later today, the temperature will drop dramatically bringing with it a wintery blast.

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"Once the front moves through, a cooler southerly airstream will be dominating and the temperature will be dropping down to the low teens along the coast," he said.

More rain is forecast tomorrow with falls between 60 and 100 millimetres while a hazardous surf warning is also in place for the Illawarra coast.

Things will settle down on Wednesday with showers and wind easing.

Images: Joanne Cox & windy.com

At last some decent rain

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Over the coming 10 days, widespread falls of 50-100mm are forecast along the entire coastline as well as the northern inland.

Parts of the coast could see in excess of 200mm.

The NSW SES advises people to factor in enough time for actions that may take longer to complete in preparation,  which include moving animals away from low lying areas that are prone to flooding as well as moving pumps away from swollen creeks.

As with any long range forecast, things can change as we get closer to the dates, so keep an eye on the weather warnings this week at: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/.

Photo source: Wingecarribee SES

Big wet for Shoalhaven

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A good idea to get the washing out on the line today if you can...

Rain is forecast from tomorrow through to Saturday with the Weather Bureau predicting anywhere up to 80 millimetres.

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Senior Forecaster JORDAN NOTARA says most of it will come later in the week.

"So Tuesday and Wednesday it looks again to be pretty scattered .. as we move toward the later part of the week, we start to see that trough off the coastal areas start to enhance and we'll be seeing some generally wetter days beyond that."

Photos:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rain._Munich,_Germany.jpg and Google weather

 

Bureau forecast puts SES crews on alert

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The Wingecarribee SES Unit has been kept busy because of the recent rain.

Since the start of the year there have been 50 requests for assistance, with most of those jobs for fallen trees and leaking roofs.

Anywhere between 150 and 300 millimetres is expected over the next 10 days.

Inspector Dylan Whitelaw said people need to be carrying out regular maintenance around the house.

"Coming into the new year, it's a fantastic time to remind people, that one of the most common causes of a leaking roofs are blocked gutters,

"It's extremely important that homeowners take care and maintain houses, because it prevents further damage that can occur during wild weather,"Mr. Whitelaw said.

Image: Wingecarribee SES 

Burrawang easter markets cancelled

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The Burrawang Easter Markets have been cancelled for the third year in a row.

The recent rains have damaged too many roads, paddocks and ovals that are used for parking.

President Chris McCann said after meeting with Police and Roads and Maritime Services they were left with no other option.

"If the Illawarra Highway was repaired we would still need a plan to get people into the village and parked,

"At the moment Hoddle Street still has significant damage as do other roads,"Mr. McCann said

The markets are run to raise much needed funds for the local school.

Image: Burrawang Easter Markets

Nowra's rainfall breaks all records during March

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Nowra has just been through its wettest month on record.

By midnight last month Nowra had received 702.6mm of rain throughout March - the most of any month since records began in 1896.

The only months that came close were February 1971 with 684.4mm, October 1959 with 660.6, and May 1935 with 638.1

Ulladulla was even wetter, with 754.8mm until midnight on Thursday, well up on the March average of 116.2mm.

In both towns the wettest day was the 24 hours to 9am on March 8, when Nowra received 138.8mm of rain, and Ulladulla 217mm.

Further north, Kiama was drenched with 828.6mm throughout March, with its wettest day on March 7 when it was hit with 134.8mm.

It had just six days during the month when there was no rain.

Kiama's March rainfall average is 142.5mm.

The Nowra figure was more 10 times the March monthly average of 69.6mm.

The previous record for the wettest March was set in 1914 when 482.3mm was recorded.

Image: Shelley Hancock MP

Rain to hang around the Highlands

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We can expect more of the wet stuff across the Southern Highlands for at least the next week.

In fact the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting up to 100 millimetres of rain over the seven days.

The conditions are being caused by a synoptic easterly flow, driven by a high pressure system over the Tasman Sea in conjunction with a low pressure system over the Coral Sea.

Forecaster Jewen Park said the La Nina isn't going away anytime soon.

"What we know is it will likely to continue throughout February and into early parts of Autumn,

"After that it's a bit uncertain,"Mr. Park said.

Image: Robert Couse Baker/Flickr

Severe weather warning for heavy rainfall

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A severe weather warning is in place across Coast and Highlands for heavy rainfall.

Weather Situation: A strong upper level trough and embedded low is amplifying over central NSW.

A coastal trough has deepened near the central coast in response to this upper weather system and is likely to drift a little inland, producing areas of heavy rainfall on its eastern flank.

This coastal trough is forecast to weaken during Thursday evening.

Areas of HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to FLASH FLOODING are occurring about coastal parts of the South Coast, Illawarra, Metropolitan and southern Hunter, and are forecast to extend further inland through these districts to reach the Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands during this morning and afternoon.

Six-hourly rainfall totals between 60 to 100 mm are likely, reaching up to 140 mm over coastal areas.

Intense rainfall rates are generally not expected, however there is a small chance of locally intense rainfall developing around coastal areas north of Wollongong this morning associated with thunderstorm activity.

Severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued if this activity eventuates.

Conditions are expected to ease during Thursday evening.

Heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

Several flood warnings and a flood watch are current for parts of southern and central New South Wales.

For more details, please visit www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings.

Locations which may be affected include Bega, Batemans Bay, Nowra, Goulburn, Wollongong, Sydney, Katoomba and Gosford.
Recent rainfall observations include...

Cronulla South Bowls Club: 107 mm in 3 hours to 1:10 am
Little Bay: 107 mm in 6 hours to 2:30 am
Lucas Heights: 57 mm in 2 hours to 2:40 am.
Darkes Forest: 67 mm in 2 hours to 4:50 am.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

Image: Bureau of Meteorology

 

 

Showers and thunderstorms forecast for entire week

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You might want to keep your umbrella handy, with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting showers and storms for the entire week.

The conditions will settle slightly tomorrow, but another trough is expected on Thursday and Friday.

Forecaster Stephen Stefanak said rainfall amounts could be varied.

"We can expect a few millimetres each day for the remainder of the week, but there's the potential of storms bringing in 30 to 40 millimetres,"he said.

In the 24 hours to 9am last Thursday, Moss Vale recorded nine millimeres of rain and 21 millimetres the following day.

 

South Coast deluge took under an hour.

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The storm that moved through the region overnight dumped a lot of rain...

Jervis Bay copped a drenching with almost 20-millimetres falling between 8.45pm and 9.30pm.

Point Perpendicular - more than 25-mills between 9 and 9.30

Moss Vale meantime copped almost 30-mills in the half hour between 8.30 and 9pm.

Nowra 10-mills in that half hour.

Up until 9 this morning:

Nowra: 38.6
Jervis Bay: 54.4
Moss Vale:50.8
Ulladulla:54.4

SES says they had a small number of calls for assistance, but nothing too serious.

Photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hard_rain_on_a_roof_-_bw.jpg

Underground springs damaging roads

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A section of Waverley Parade in Mittagong is undergoing maintenance.

The heavy rain resulted in a spring forming underneath which lifted the bitumen.

Given the close proximity to Frensham, the Day Care Centre and Colo Road detour it was deemed high risk.

Council work crews have put in a new subsoil and base and it will be sealed by the end of the week.