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Rainfall and possible thunderstorms heading for drought-stricken areas
The rain will be welcomed by struggling farmers, but will not break the worst drought in living memory currently gripping Australia. (AAP)
A wave of rain expected to hit parts of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland this weekend could turn into “severe thunderstorms” over drought-stricken areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology yesterday predicted 10 to 15mm of rain could fall over land from Queensland’s Central West, to the Central Tablelands, Slopes and Plains in NSW.
Today, forecasts for Saturday show up to 20mm falling over areas surrounding Narrabri in NSW’s north and up to 60mm over Moree and Queensland’s Goondiwindi on Sunday.
While the showers will be welcomed by struggling farmers in both states who are currently facing a drought that has been described as the worst in living memory, the rain will not break the dry spell.
It will, however, be the most rainfall many areas have seen in up to nine months.
The cut-off low that will kick things off is currently making landfall over South Australia and will move eastwards tomorrow.
North-easterly winds will feed warm, moist air from the Pacific Ocean into the low and accompanying trough from Saturday onwards.
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Apart from the rainfall this system will bring, the mixture of warm, moist air at the surface and cold air up high bring all the ingredients needed for thunderstorms to spark up over the region on Saturday and Sunday.
These thunderstorms could be severe with heavy rainfall, conducive to flash flooding, damaging winds, possibly downing trees and powerlines, and even some hail, according to Weatherzone.
By Monday, the weather system is predicted to move south-east over Sydney and then out to sea.