Parts of northern New South Wales have seen their heaviest rain in over a year during the past 24 hours as slow moving thunderstorms brought locally heavy falls.
Yamba copped the brunt of one of these storms early this morning before sunrise, copping a whopping 50mm in 1 hour in an eventual total of 82mm. This was the town’s heaviest fall since February last year, and would have been welcome after a very dry summer.
Other places in the state’s northeast corner received some useful falls from storms this morning, including Mallanganee which saw 51mm and Green Pigeon 42mm. However unfortunately the heaviest falls were very localised, with most places seeing less than 10mm.
From late this morning, thunderstorms focused over the Northern Tablelands and North West Slopes and Plains. The North West Slopes have so far seen the handiest falls, with totals of 30-40mm in Bukkulla and Stannifer region.
Thunderstorms are likely to persist over the state’s northeast corner into this evening, and should redevelop again tomorrow with similar falls possible, particularly over the Northern Rivers.
Thunderstorms remain a risk each day until at least early next week as instability lingers over the region.