Rebecca Hewitt and Pete Bate, from Northern Ireland, arrived in Byron Bay yesterday hoping for some sun at the beach.
Rebecca Hewitt and Pete Bate, from Northern Ireland, arrived in Byron Bay yesterday hoping for some sun at the beach. cathy adams

Rainy weekend on the way

AND down it came, and came – and will continue to come, off and on, until Sunday.

As a low pressure system swept across the Northern Rivers over the past two days the region has been inundated with rain.

“Lots of places got more than 70 millilitres,” said Weather Channel senior meteorologist Dick Whitaker.

“It's a lot for this time of year, but it's not unheard of.”

The rain was caused by the low pressure system hitting a large build-up of moisture in the atmosphere, he said.

Despite the rain and poor driving conditions, the SES said last night emergency services had been called out only once to repair a roof in Ballina where 40ml of rain fell in 48 hours.

Still, it was Byron Bay that endured the worst of the showers, with 72.4ml dumped since Tuesday.

About 39ml was recorded at Mullumbimby on Tuesday and 5ml yesterday.

And apart from the occasional tease of blue skies, the outlook is much the same until after Saturday.

“Rain is going to ease Thursday morning, before returning to similar conditions in the afternoon,” Mr Whitaker said.

By Friday the rain will clear before returning in force onSaturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology had not issued any flood warnings as of last night.

WHERE THE RAIN FELL

Ballina 29ml (Tuesday) 11ml (Wednesday)

Byron Bay 53ml; 19.4ml

Lismore 12ml; 5ml

Mullumbimby 39ml; 6ml



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