Rainfall and possible thunderstorms heading for drought-stricken areas

| 23.08,18. 10:30 PM |

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.

Fire crews working to spare homes from Rockhampton bushfire

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.


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull digs in and tells Peter Dutton to prove he's eligible to sit in Parliament House empty after major police operation in Sydney's south west 'People should stop thinking about themselves': Government split after MPs launch second strike against Turnbull Solicitor-General to check if Peter Dutton is in breach of constitution Message of His Excellency Bishop Antoine - Charbel Tarabay In response to the severe drought in New South Wales Petrol prices climb to four-year high, ACCC urges motorists to use comparison apps Malcolm Turnbull hangs on with 48-35 leadership ballot win over Peter Dutton, reshuffle on the cards NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces Climate Change Fund money to reduce energy costs Corrigin crash kills mother, 10yo son after semi-trailer slams into parked car Salt Ash bushfire in NSW upgraded to emergency as residents are warned it is too late to leave Victoria Police offer $500,000 reward to solve brutal sexual assault in North Melbourne Malcolm Turnbull's backdown on Paris emissions target fails to appease Coalition detractors Police car rammed, motorcycle officer driven off road in separate incidents Dutton denies plotting to overthrow Turnbull As PM risks leadership with electricity plan Gun law changes dropped by Tasmanian Liberals following community backlash Pilot dies in waterbombing helicopter crash on NSW south coast Two split record $100m Powerball jackpot AFIC Press Release with regards to Senator Anning’s maiden speech in Parliament Time to invest in a solar battery system or upgrade your existing system? Woman accused of murdering rapper in Sydney street granted bail Rising out-of-pocket medical costs force more than 1m Australians to put off doctor visits: report New Zealand bans foreigners from buying property in effort to clamp down on house price growth NSW bushfires: Emergency warnings issued for fires near near Croobyar and north Nowra Senator honours White Australia Policy in first speech and calls for 'final solution' on immigration National Energy Guarantee endorsed by Coalition party room despite backbench concern Call for inquiry after man with Down syndrome dies outside hospital New tech surveillance laws more a 'side gate' than 'back door' into Australian phones Sydney trains: Number of people caught 'surfing' on public transport doubles in past year they search for a man wanted for serious offencesSiege underway in Wallaroo as SA Adelaide driver fined for transporting wardrobe in boot and using clothes as rope