ANOTHER wet week ahead as fresh flood warnings issued

·Assistant News Editor
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If you're getting sick of the wet weather, it doesn't look there will be any reprieve this week with a lot more rain headed for the continent. 

Much of Australia, particularly the eastern states, are in for another soaking this week with severe thunderstorms and some flooding likely.

Large swathes of central and eastern Australia have already received between two and four times their average monthly rainfall for the month of November, but Mother Nature is not quite done.

Floodwaters are seen around the Lachlan River in the town of Forbes, NSW, last week after an already very wet month for the state. Source: AAP
Floodwaters are seen around the Lachlan River in the town of Forbes, NSW, last week after an already very wet month for the state. Source: AAP

The low pressure system that led to storms over the weekend weakened on Monday, but another trough is forecast to move over central and eastern states on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing yet more rain.

"Another WET week for eastern Australia, with models predicting accumulated totals of 50-100mm in parts of QLD, NSW, ACT and VIC," Weatherzone's Ben Domensino tweeted Monday.   

"Prior to this week's rain, large areas of central and eastern Australia had already received 2-4 times their average November rainfall."

With rain setting in for Queensland, NSW, the ACT, Victoria and South Australia by Wednesday, the heaviest falls are predicted for Thursday and Friday on the eastern seaboard. 

Some of the heaviest falls are predicted for Thursday and Friday. Source: Weatherzone
Some of the heaviest falls are predicted for Thursday and Friday. Source: Weatherzone

The continued wet weather is being driven by a La Niña system in the Pacific Ocean and sea surface temperatures in Australia that have been warmer than average.  

"This wet weather pattern will continue over a large portion of Australia this week, with rain and thunderstorms set to impact part of every state and territory," Weatherzone said. 

"There should also be enough rain to cause flooding in at least three states."

The rain could hamper the cleanup effort in parts of NSW already hit by flooding. 

Some low lying areas of the Hunter region in NSW were warned to evacuate overnight with minor flooding in Denman.

"The Hunter river at Denman peaked around the moderate flood level early Tuesday morning. River levels have fallen below the moderate flood level, with minor flooding continuing," the Bureau of Meteorology posted this morning. 

SES duty operations coordinator Amy Banks said the town could lose power be cut off from flood waters. 

"So we did ask residents to leave by 3.30 this morning out of the danger area and to move within safety to friends and family in the area," she told the ABC. 

The severe wet weather has already contributed to a woman's death in a national park and the dramatic rescue of two boys swept away by floodwaters over the weekend.

A woman believed to be aged in her 30s died after a tree branch fell on her while she was bushwalking in the Watagans National Park at Cooranbong, north of Sydney, about 6.30pm on Sunday.

The area was drenched by heavy rain that had been falling throughout the day.

with AAP

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