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Heavy rains to drench the east coast of Australia for the rest of the week | Australia weather

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It’s a weather forecast that may make those who traveled north during school holidays, only to find themselves mired in lockdown, feel a little better – heavy rain is forecast to hit most of Queensland and northern New South Wales, until the weekend.

The Bureau of Meteorology expected that a height above the Tasman Sea and an upper trough and a surface trough that would move over the east coast in the coming days could cause isolated strong drops and thunderstorms, particularly in southeast and central Queensland, and in the north. eastern New South Wales.

Parts of New South Wales had already been soaked, and weather stations in the Hunter and Central Coast regions received more than 30mm of rain in the 24 hours through Tuesday night.

But that’s nothing compared to what the bureau has forecast for parts of central and north Queensland at the end of the week, and they are expected to drop as much as 200mm in some regions.

The bureau said rains were most likely in northern New South Wales and the south-central inland regions on Wednesday, with temperatures near or above average.

On Thursday, rain was forecast on the western slopes and plains and on the north coast, and snow above 1,600 meters, before more rain was forecast everywhere except the west and south coast, and a possibility of thunderstorms in the Northeast on Friday. .

There was also a dangerous surf warning for Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast on Wednesday.

The office expected some rain in Queensland for the rest of the week, but expected the strongest drops on Saturday.

But he said there was “still some uncertainty at the time and development” of a trough that was expected to move across the NSW border later that day through the central and southeast coastal districts and a associated upper trough.

The weather was no more conducive to vacationing in Tasmania, even if Australians could get there.

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On Tuesday afternoon, Wellington declared a state of emergency in the southern suburbs, evacuating a 3 km stretch of the road for fear of storm surge, including twenty-foot storm surge.

Snow had closed roads as far north as Gisborne, east of the North Island.

In all, more than a dozen highways were closed, including State Highway One in two locations: just north of Dunedin and in the center of the elevated North Island, as well as key mountain passes on the South Island.

Further south, heavy snowfall in the resort town of Queenstown closed schools for the day, and authorities asked residents to avoid driving as much as possible.

Snow was reported in the coastal city of Dunedin, and back in the capital, hail fell overnight and flurries of snow during the day.

With Australian Associated Press

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