Two months' worth of rain as NSW, Queensland brace for deluge

·News Reporter
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It’s been a cold and wet start to Monday for people living along the east coast and unfortunately the rain won’t be going away anytime soon.

The Bureau of Meteorology said on Sunday a cool change is moving across NSW, bringing showers and thunderstorms.

Sydney can expect rain up until Friday when the weather will begin to ease – much to the relief of many in the city looking to enjoy their first weekend out of lockdown in more than three months.

The city received 12mm of rain in the 24 hours up to 9am Monday. Showers of up to 2-6mm are forecast from Tuesday through to Thursday, with temperatures topping the mid to low 20s.

A woman holding an umbrella walks past the Sydney Harbour Bridge as rain falls.
A woman braves the rain near the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Monday morning. Source: Getty Images

Byron Bay to see two months of rain in a week

It’s a very different story for Port Macquarie and other areas in the northeastern corner of NSW though.

Duty meteorologist Hugh McDowell told NCA NewsWire Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Tweed “typically see an average monthly rainfall of about 50mm”.

“But this week we will see a total of 100mm which is a massive downpour,” he said.

Port Macquarie could receive up to 35mm on Tuesday and had 16mm in the 24 hours up to 9am Monday. Conditions will ease Wednesday through to the weekend.

Byron Bay and Ballina could be drenched by up to 50mm of rain on Tuesday.

Southern parts of Queensland might not be spared the deluge either. Coolangatta on the Gold Coast is forecast to receive up to 40mm of rain on Tuesday while Brisbane could get hit with 20mm.

Showers will also affect residents on the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday with Caloundra forecast to receive up to 15mm.

On Monday, BOM released its severe outlook for October through to April next year.

Meteorologist Jonathan How said there is an increased risk of flooding for northern and eastern parts of the country, and slightly above average potential for cyclones.

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