Major rain event won't be enough to break Australia's drought

| 15.01,20. 04:40 PM |



Major rain event won't be enough to break Australia's drought

Sginficant rainfall is expected in multiple states however experts say it wont be enough to break the drought. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for multiple states ahead of a major rain event already reaching communities across the country.
A trough moving across the eastern parts of Australia is expected to bring consecutive days of rain and widespread storms from tomorrow.
The rain is welcome news for drought stricken communities around NSW, Victoria and Queensland although experts say it won't be enough to break the drought and could create dangerous conditions for communities recovering from the bushfire crisis.
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Sginficant rainfall is expected in multiple states however experts say it wont be enough to break the drought. (Sydney Morning Herald)

NSW and ACT
The forecast rains will reach eastern NSW during the second half of the week with some communities already seeing the beginnings of what is expected to be at least three days of significant rainfall.
During the 24 hours to 9am today, Wanaaring (36mm), Wilcannia (17mm), Bourke (12mm) and Charleville (2mm) all received their heaviest rain since early November.
The trough is forecast to deepen over coming days with more intense storms reaching multiple parts of the state from tomorrow into the weekend.
The Eastern Tablelands and multiple areas east of NSW's central ranges are expected to accumulate up to 100mm of rain by the end of the week.
The NSW South West Slopes as well as parts of the ACT are likely to see at least 20-40mm of rain over the next four days from tomorrow to Saturday.
Despite consecutive days of expected rainfall, not even the maximum amount of rain predicted will be enough to break NSW's longstanding drought.
"This won't be enough to break the drought. It's been so prolonged and significant so it won't be enough to break the drought but it will result in easing drought conditions," Weatherzone meteorologist Graham Brittan said.
The wet weather is also expected to extinguish multiple bushfires still burning around NSW however it could also present a new challenge for emergency services and residents in fire-affected regions.
The NSW SES is urging residents in fire affected areas to take care as the risk of flash flooding, falling trees and landslips could increase as wet weather impacts the fire grounds.
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner, Paul Bailey is urging residents to prepare for the upcoming wet weather.
"While the rain is welcomed, heavy rainfall and storms in fire affected areas can lead to dangerous conditions such as a higher risk of flash flooding, falling trees and landslips," Mr Bailey said.
"In areas impacted by fires where vegetation has been destroyed, water from heavy rainfall can flow into riverbeds and we could see run off in areas we wouldn't normally, resulting in flash flooding.
"The NSW SES is also asking residents in fire affected areas to watch for possible landslips as the ground and roads can be damaged, therefore creating a higher risk of a potential slip," continued Mr Bailey.
The NSW SES is advising people to prepare their homes and businesses now.
"People can help prevent storm damage around their properties by trimming back overhanging branches, cleaning gutters and downpipes and securing or putting away loose items around the yard or balcony. It's also important to avoid parking your cars under trees and powerlines," Mr Bailey added.

Victoria
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the Mornington Peninsula and parts of Western Port, South East and Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula where heaving rainfall and large hailstones are expected to hit later today.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned that severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Geelong City, Ocean Grove and central parts of Port Phillip Bay.
These thunderstorms are moving towards the southeast and are forecast to affect Frankston, Mornington, Queenscliff, Hastings, Rosebud and Sorrento into the evening.
Slow moving thunderstorms are also developing over Melbourne and surround metropolitan areas.
The Bureau has also warned of flash flooding in some areas.
"Those storms will be very intense and conditions will be quite dangerous if you're out in the open for that storm," Mr Brittan said.
"Areas around the Mornington Peninsula will see many tens of millimetres of rain, damaging winds and large hail is also possible."

Queensland
Queensland will also see rain with areas in and around Brisbane, Darling downs all the way to Mackay expected to accumulate up to 100mm.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issues for parts of Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West and Maranoa and Warrego Forecast Districts.
Damaging winds and heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding over the course of the afternoon and evening tonight.

According to the Bureau, the locations which may be affected include Barcaldine, Mitchell, Injune, Aberfoyle, Alpha and Barringun.
Tasmania
The trough bringing rain to NSW, Victoria and Queensland will extend down to Tasmania over coming days.
Most parts of the state including metropolitan areas around Hobart are forecast to experience showers and possible thunderstorms today with clearing showers tomorrow.

Western Australia
A severe thunderstorm warning is in place due to heavy rainfall forecast for Gascoyne and parts of Goldfields and South Interior districts in Western Australia.
Perth will remain mostly sunny for the remainder of the week with temperatures in the mid to high twenties.
Northern Territory
There are no severe weather warnings for the Northern Territory however the state's wet season is expected to bring thunderstorms to multiple areas including Darwin, Katherine and Nhulunbuy.


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