Northern NSW in for a drenching
THE Clarence Valley and the rest of Northern NSW look to be in for a drenching this week with the Weather Channel predicting rain every day until Sunday.
Senior Meteorologist for the Weather Channel, Tom Saunders, said the entire east coast from Cooktown in Queensland to the Mid North Coast in NSW were likely to receive rain totals in excess of 100ml.
"For south-east Queensland and north-east New South Wales the totals should exceed 200mm, prompting a flood alert for the Bellinger, Macleay and Hastings river valleys. Many areas of western Queensland will also see over 100mm of rain this week," Mr Saunders said.
"The drenching will result from a persistent easterly airstream off the Tasman and Coral seas. A similar weather pattern will prevail over Queensland and New South Wales until at least the weekend.
"Rain is already falling over northern New South Wales with Kempsey and Taree picking up 30mm since Sunday morning."
Mr Saunders said anyone hoping for a swift end to the rain was probably out of luck with the wet weather expected to linger around the area for the remainder of this week.
"We are not certain exactly when the rain will clear but it won't be until at least Sunday," Mr Saunders said.