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The Interiod Designer

The Interiod Designer

Rain, rain come this way! 80 percent of Australia set for a soak

October 5, 2017

We deserve this.

After an agonising dry spell, drought-stricken parts of Australia can finally expect to see dark clouds on the horizon.

A series of storm and shower events are set to roll through parched regions, with Queensland and New South Wales particularly primed.

It’s a nation-wide event and even our desert regions will get a drink, with Weatherzone predicting 80 percent of the country to cop a soaking.

We haven’t seen a pattern like this for months. But there’s a catch… not everyone will get the rain, and some communities may miss out all together.

Let’s break it down.

There were some storms around inland Queensland yesterday, but these are not the ones everyone’s getting excited about. The big guns arrive from today – with residents in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland licking their lips.

The Gold Coast and Brisbane could see thunderstorms and localised falls of up to 50mm. If the storms turn severe, we could see warnings for damaging winds, hail or flash flooding, particularly in northern New South Wales.

And it doesn’t stop there.

By the time things really get going through tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, we’ll have rain stretching all the way from Tasmania to Queensland. Again, isolated falls of up to 50mm are possible though inland parts of New South Wales.

Areas that could see the biggest falls include Bathurst, Tamworth, Orange and Moree. In Victoria, we are watching Wangaratta and Benalla.

Sydney itself will not cop the brunt of the system, but could see a storm on Monday which would bring reasonable falls.

It’s a welcome forecast, with many parts of New South Wales having experienced their driest start to spring on record.

Other thirsty desert regions will get another top up, with much for the Great Victoria Desert expecting 20-40mm by the end of today. All up, at least 80 percent of Australia should see rain or storms over the next week.

But despite the dark clouds already brewing on the horizon, don’t get your hopes up too soon. I hate to promise good rain during events like this, because storm systems can be unpredictable.

You know the saying “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”? Well, the weather equivalent is “don’t count your rain until it’s in the gauge”.

Convective showers and storms like this are hit and miss. They bring isolated falls, which means one town may get totally drenched, while the town or suburb just a few kilometres up the road gets nothing.

Only time will tell the winners and losers.

The whole event winds up on Tuesday, with a high pressure system moving in and clearing things out. Hopefully by then we’ll be counting some decent numbers in the gauges.



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