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Millions of Australians prepare for a rainy weekend

Millions of Australians Residents on the east coast have been told to prepare for flooding, with up to 100mm of rain expected to hit parts of New south Wales this weekend.

Chief Meteorologist Angus Hines said weekend today it would be a “very wet weekend” ahead of most of the state.

Comes as parts of Western Australia experienced its highest May precipitation total in more than 82 years.
A wet weekend is ahead for millions of people living in New South Wales. (weather zone)

The Bureau of Meteorology’s seven-day forecast for New South Wales shows a chance of rain until Thursday next week, with the biggest impact expected over the next few days.

“Right now the heaviest rain is falling over western parts of the state, inland areas, places like Hillston received over 50mm of rain yesterday and overnight,” Hines said.

“As we get a little further into the weekend, particularly on Sunday, the heavier rain will move into the much more populated coastal part of the state.”

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The Bureau forecasts the highest rainfall totals will be seen in the Illawarra district and potentially parts of Sydney.

“(The rain is due to) a combination of things happening in the atmosphere, but we have a large area of ​​high pressure, south of Tasmania, that has been feeding rain on the east coast of the country all that time. New South Wales all week,” Hines said.

“That’s why we’ve had patchy, intermittent rain all week so far.

“That will be amplified and enhanced by a disturbance in the upper atmosphere, which will turn that patchy, rainy weather into more widespread and persistent rainy weather (tonight) and Sunday.”

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Map of the rain system expected to reach New South Wales in the coming days. (weather zone)

Drier weather will return to the rest of the state next week, although rain is likely to continue along the coast.

Meanwhile, similar conditions were recorded in Western Australia yesterday, after the state recorded high rainfall totals.

Bunbury recorded a two-day total of 55mm up to 9am yesterday, the most rainfall the city has seen since August 2023.

Cowaramup also recorded its highest rainfall totals in two and a half years, with 60mm recorded over the 24 hours to 9am on Thursday.

Rain will clear up today in Perth and Adelaide, with both expected to reach a high of 22.

Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart will rise to a high of 17 degrees, while Brisbane will see a shower or two and a high of 24 degrees.

There will be sunny skies and warm weather in Darwin, with the city reaching 35 degrees.