MORE TO COME: Around 200mm of rain is forecast to fall across the Mid North Coast and northern Rivers over the next two days.
MORE TO COME: Around 200mm of rain is forecast to fall across the Mid North Coast and northern Rivers over the next two days. Trevor Veale

No reprieve from the big wet as 200mm set to fall

UPDATE: RAINFALL totals from the current spell of wet weather could more than double over the next few days as a low pressure trough lingers over parts of northeast New South Wales.

Parts of the Northern Rivers have picked up over 200mm over the last 48 hours.

As the trough shifts further north tonight, rain gauges in southeast Queensland will begin to get a workout, with 150-200mm possible.

On the Coffs Coast showers will ease on Tuesday with a 90% chance of 5 to 10mm.

Showers will then increase on Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology has advised with an 80% chance of 20 to 40mm.

Thursday is forecast to see a 90% chance of 10 to 20mm and Friday an 80% chance of 5 to 10mm with the rain clearing on Saturday. 

Further north and the system responsible for this rain will clear southwards of the worst affected region by Friday afternoon, as a high pressure ridge builds from the west and dries out conditions in time for the weekend.

Over the past week the official Coffs Harbour gauge has recorded 189mm of rain, Dorrigo 134mm and Nambucca Heads 142mm.

 

MONDAY 9AM: THERE will be no reprieve from the wet weather to see out the long weekend, with up to 200mm predicted to fall in some regions on Monday and Tuesday.

As of 8.30am on Monday, almost 200mm of rain had fallen in Coffs Harbour since the rain event began on Friday morning; however with such heavy, yet patchy falls, some areas have received a bigger drenching than others.

 

Localised rainfall on Sunday.
Localised rainfall on Sunday. BOM

In the 24 hours to 8.30am Monday, 100mm of rain had fallen at Middle Boambee, 91mm at the airport, 84 at Sawtell, yet only 46 fell at Boambee Reserve, 41 at Bray St in Coffs and 56 in Gundagai St.

The Bureau of Meteorology said the low pressure system causing the downpour will continue to cause rain and showers across the region today; some of them heavy.

 

The rainfall was constant but not as heavy throughout Monday over the Coffs Coast.
The rainfall was constant but not as heavy throughout Monday over the Coffs Coast. BOM

The Coffs Coast and Orara River remains on a minor flood watch, while the Bellinger, Kalang and Nambucca are on minor to moderate flood watch, however the Kombu Wholefoods Floodcam showed Bellinger River levels were well below Lavenders Bridge at 8.30am.

 

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