(ORDO NEWS) — Most of Australia’s east coast was hit by wet weather on the night of May 20, 2020, when a cold front caused rains in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
It is predicted that severe weather conditions will last until the weekend, as the country is experiencing an early winter explosion. Queensland, in particular, recorded 450 mm of rain in the 48-hour period until May 22, the highest two-day rainfall in 29 years.
In Queensland, heavy rains hit parts of the northern region, triggering a flood warning in some areas. Flooding was recorded in parts of the North Tropical Coast.
Intensive showers were caused by a deep layer of moisture-saturated air in the north, interacting with a low trough off the North Tropical Coast.
In some areas, more than 500 mm of precipitation fell 48 hours before Thursday morning, May 21. About 520 m of rain was recorded in Bulgan Bay near Tully.
As a cold front reaches the Tasman Sea tonight, a low is expected to deepen off the southern or central #NSW coast.
Coastal areas, particularly central parts, may experience heavy rain, vigorous winds, and large surf.
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— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) May 21, 2020
About 450 m of precipitation was recorded in Bingil Bay, which makes it the highest two-day total for 29 years and the highest during the month of May since the start of accounting in 1926.
The two-day rainfall included 300 mm in 24 hours, which is also a new record for May.
As of 00:00 UTC (10:00 LT), flood warnings were in place for the Mulgrave, Russell and Tull rivers. Rains are expected over the region on Sunday, May 24th.
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