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Record-breaking rainfall hits Australia’s east, with more to come

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The stormy conditions are likely to last until the weekend for some areas as Australia experiences an early blast of winter.

Much of Australia's eastern seaboard is experiencing wet and windy weather due to a front generating rain across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The stormy conditions are likely to last until the weekend for some areas as Australia experiences an early blast of winter.


Record-breaking rainfall has lashed parts of Queensland's north, prompting flood warnings in some areas.

Heavy rain inundated parts of the state's North Tropical Coast in the past 48 hours, according to Weatherzone.

A deep layer of moisture-laden air over the state's north interacting with a low pressure trough near the North Tropical Coast was responsible for the heavy falls.

Some rain gauges received more than half a metre of rain during the 48 hours to 9am today, including 524mm at Bulgan Creek, near Tully.

At Bingil Bay, 454mm was recorded – the highest two-day total in 29 years and its highest during May since records began in 1926.

The two-day deluge included 302mm in 24 hours, a new record for May Weatherzone said.

As of 10am today, flood warnings had been issued for the Mulgrave, Russell and Tully Rivers.

More rain is expected over the region between this afternoon and Sunday, although falls won't be as heavy.

Rain is forecast across Brisbane throughout the rest of the day and cloud cover is due to keep temperatures at 20 degrees or below until Monday.

New South Wales

In NSW, rain is forecast for much of Sydney throughout today with temperatures likely to hover around 20 degrees.

Thunderstorms could roll in during the early afternoon.

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Tomorrow, heavy rain is due to settle in with the Harbour City likely to receive up to 60mm.

Temperatures will reach a chilly 16 degrees.

A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds and damaging surf.

Conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.

Wind warnings are in place for along the Sydney and Illawarra coasts while a gale warning has been issued for Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Conditions are due to ease on Saturday with just a slight chance of showers.

Heavy falls are likely to return on Sunday, with winds expected to increase across much of the region.


After two nights of wild storms in some areas, conditions across Victoria have eased today.

There's just a slight chance of showers for the rest of today with a top of 13 degrees.

Showers could return tomorrow afternoon and temperatures will remain cool, with just 14 expected.

The rain is due to make a return on the weekend, with showers forecast for much of Saturday and a top of 15 degrees.

Sunday will remain cool with the chance of showers in the morning.

Source: 9News

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