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Heavy rain to drench coastal NSW and Sydney

Rain on way for NSW, southern Qld

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

A weekend of persistent, heavy rain is on the way for NSW as a slow-moving band of wet weather moves across the state’s interior.

Showers have persisted for much of the week but are expected to increase on Friday ahead of a dreary weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

“The rain is still over the interior and the north of NSW … that will change this weekend though,” meteorologist Angus Hines said.

“Into Saturday, we will see this broad area of rain and possible storms move further eastwards.”

Clouds started to form in the “border corner” of NSW, Queensland and South Australia on Thursday and were expected to move towards the coast on Friday, Hines said.

There have already been showers along the coast throughout the week.

The rain is expected to intensify in coastal areas from Wollongong north to the mid-north coast at Port Macquarie, with Sydney and Newcastle also in for a drenching.

“All of these places are in line for a very wet weekend,” Hines said.

Coastal districts could receive as much as 150 millimetres of rain, enough to cause flooding, he said.

The bureau is also warning powerful surf conditions could create hazardous conditions for rock fishers and swimmers during the weekend, particularly on south-facing beaches.

The continuing wet weather comes on the back of above average rainfall. Sydney got almost 30 millimetres more than its monthly average in April, boosted by 111 millimetres falling on April 5 at the city’s Observatory Hill station.

– AAP

Topics: NSW, Weather
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