Heavy rainfall, high winds for northern Australia

Severe weather update

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

More forecast rain and strong winds will likely mean ongoing flooded homes, submerged streets, and belongings damaged by fallen trees in multiple states and territories.

Parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland are due to experience dangerous winds and flash flooding on Tuesday.

A monsoon trough extending from the northern Kimberley of Western Australia to the Cape York Peninsula, as well as a tropical low over the NT, is making for a big wet in Australia’s north.

In some cases, the centres due to receive more rain, are still working to clean up following Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the tropical low to move south-east on Tuesday, with continued rain.

Meteorologist Miriam Bradbury said the system’s movement was harder to predict from Wednesday.

“It may continue to move towards the south-east along the monsoon trough or start to push back a little to the west,” she said.

“Whichever way it travels, it is still going to bring us heavy rainfall, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding, not just around the tropical low but along the length of the monsoon trough.”

Flood warnings have been issued for the Cape York Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria, and for the NT’s north-west.

“We’re already starting to see river rises in some of these areas and further river rises are anticipated over the coming days,” Bradbury said.

Offshore, the bureau is warning of severe conditions including heavy rain and damaging winds for people in the Daly, Tiwi, Gregory and parts of Arnhem, Carpentaria and Barkly districts.

“Scattered six-hourly rainfall totals between 100 millimetres [and] 160 millimetres are likely,” the bureau said of the forecast.

There’s also more rain forecast at centres including Darwin, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra on Tuesday. Winds in some metropolitan areas could reach up to 50km/h.


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