The heaviest rain in years has been forecast for Southern Queensland and eastern New South Wales this week: enough to fill dams, dampen some bushfire grounds and even bring flash flooding to parts of the states.
As of Wednesday morning, 5th Feb, there were still roughly 60 fires burning across NSW, some of which were still out of control.
This rain represents significant drought relief, but it’s also enough to extinguish large bushfires.
A coastal low-pressure trough developing off northern NSW is responsible for the predicted deluge, bringing heavy rainfall from Wednesday as the trough moves south throughout the week.
Torrential falls are possible on Friday and over the weekend this should be the wettest week for Sydney since March last year.
The downpour could also mark the heaviest February 24-hour rainfall in Sydney since 2002 – when 130mm of rain was recorded on February 5.
The state’s north coast could get as much as 200mm over the next seven days, marking the most rain in that area in over two years
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have warned that flash flooding is possible when there is rapid rainfall, and residents in areas subject to flooding should keep up with the forecast.
While fire grounds will no doubt welcome the downpour, people in fire-affected landscapes should also be cautious of increased risk of landslips and tree falls.
A humid easterly weather system is also pumping moisture into Queensland, with the potential to dump an extraordinary 500mm over the next 24 hours.
BOM have activated flood watches for large parts of the state’s southeast.