It is expected that the peak of an already thoroughly soaked system will be reached today.
Jackson Browne, senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said a low pressure system currently in the South Australian border region north of Broken Hill is expected to travel southeast in the next few days.
“This system is really starting to stand today,” he said.
Also included is another rain band.
Flood watches extend from Clermont, north of Emerald in Queensland, and exist south through much of New South Wales and parts of eastern South Australia, as well as parts of northern and eastern Victoria.
“In terms of relative risk, today is the day with the highest rainfall,” said Browne.
The rain band is expected to extend south from Charters Towers through much of NSW and penetrate into this low, bringing rain to the south of NSW and Victoria.
In some places, rainfall in the order of 25 to 100 millimeters is expected.
“If you get caught in a thunderstorm or a severe thunderstorm, we could even say falls more than 100 millimeters,” said Browne.
The low is expected to spiral south of NSW on Friday before weakening late Friday.
“Most activities in New South Wales and Victoria should be suspended by Saturday,” he said.
For parts of Queensland, however, there will be another rainy day on Saturday.
Mr Browne said it didn’t rain much overnight, but things picked up again this morning.
“In the past hour we have seen up to 30 millimeters in the Clermont area.”
Since 9 a.m. yesterday, falls of up to 100 mm have been recorded in the border river area around Mount Tambourine in Queensland.
A slowly moving thunderstorm outside Sydney near Warragamba also brought 96 mm in a very short time.
To get used to something
It’s been raining for days in places like Brisbane.
With the La Niña climate driver now in full swing and slated to hang around until January, it’s no surprise that it is raining in Brisbane and the climate driver is just sitting offshore.
“So yeah, buckle up. It’s only the third week of November and we expect La Nina to last until the end of January.
“It’s going to be a wet couple of months for those in Eastern Australia,” he said.
Short vacation in sight
But it looks like there will be a short break in the clouds as a high pressure system sets up across the country next week.
“It looks more likely than not. Some of the models don’t play along, ”said Browne beforehand.
So, with a bit of luck, we’ll get an episode with calmer conditions.
The catch is it might be a little chilly.
“Probably 80 percent of the country two to eight degrees below average for this time of year,” said Browne.
“I feel like people could make some decisions knowing it will be a dry couple of days.”
Enjoy it while it’s there.
Away from the east coast
According to Browne, there have been some pretty violent storms around the top end but no records.
Just upstream of Katherine at Upper Waterhouse, they received 92mm in a slow moving storm.
Looking west, Perth is expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
“If this forecast comes true, it will be the first day above 35 ° C in Perth since late March,” said Browne.
Another sign that summer is almost here if all the tropical rain wasn’t enough.