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Rainy days means the surf's up and the potholes are back

SUNSHINE: Kaya Shafer, of Germany, soaks up some rays after a brief break in the constant rain hitting the Northern Rivers.
SUNSHINE: Kaya Shafer, of Germany, soaks up some rays after a brief break in the constant rain hitting the Northern Rivers. Marc Stapelberg

WE'RE glad for the rain. The potholes - not so much.

A few days of solid rain has given the Northern Rivers a good soaking and on the Tweed has managed, for now, to chase away the spectre of water restrictions.

The weather system that brought the rain is also delighting surfers - "dangerous, but fun" was the consensus of surfers heading out into a pumping Byron Bay swell yesterday that had transformed the normally placid bay.

Following days of rain, surfers were taking advantage of the large swells driven by the recent East Coast Low and the waves should continue well into the week with swell of between 2.5 to 4m predicted on Thursday accompanied by southerly winds of between 25 to 35 knots.

However, motorists have less to smile about.

The rain has brought a return of some fairly extreme potholes to the region's roads. The response to a call-out on Facebook yesterday asking people where the worst potholes were can probably be summarised as "everywhere".

Yesterday the Bureau of Meteorology issued a strong wind warning for the Byron Coast, and this is expected to be in place again today on the Byron, Coffs, Macquarie and Hunter Coasts.

Cape Byron recorded 9mm of rain over a 24-hour period, with Lennox Head our largest downfall of 13mm.

Expect more of the same for the rest of the week, the Bureau forecasts, with a low developing within the coastal trough.

Thunderstorms are predicted through till Thursday, with the Bureau warning the large and powerful surf conditions are expected to continue to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Topics:  potholes, rain, surf, weather




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