Surfers at The Pass at Byron Bay were the only ones not worried about getting wet from the deluge hitting Northern NSW over the weekend.
Surfers at The Pass at Byron Bay were the only ones not worried about getting wet from the deluge hitting Northern NSW over the weekend. Jay Cronan

Stormy weather is set to continue

WHILE rainfalls of more than 200mm drenched the Northern Rivers over the weekend and kept most people indoors, surfers were celebrating.

Beaches at Byron Bay, Lennox Head and Ballina were packed with surfers keen to catch a wave on the two-metre swell.

But they were the only ones who enjoyed the weather.

Heavy rain meant that local emergency service crews were kept busy.

In Byron Bay two homes – one in Keats Street and the other in Shirley Street – had to be protected from rising floodwaters with sandbags.

Trees were knocked down on Coolamon Scenic Drive near Mullumbimby.

At Murwillumbah, the Tweed River peaked just below the minor flood level around 6am yesterday.

The SES answered more than 1300 calls for help across NSW since Friday afternoon.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for flash flooding on the Northern Rivers, but this was cancelled yesterday afternoon.

“A humid, unstable airflow continues across the northern NSW coastal region, generating heavy showers andlocal thunderstorms,” a spokesperson said.

“However the trough system that generated widespread heavy rain in the area has now weakened.”

The bureau said that although heavy showers and isolated storms would continue, the risk of flash flooding had eased.

“The situation will be monitored closely and further warnings issued if wide-spread heavy rain or severe thunderstorm activity redevelops,” the spokesperson said.

A few showers are expected today, with the temperature to reach 28 degrees.

Showers are also forecast for tomorrow and Wednesday, but the Northern Rivers should see some sunshine on Thursday, with Lismore to reach 30 degrees.

Rainfall in the period from 9am on Saturday until 3pm yesterday included:

Mullumbimby

256mm

Belongil Creek

194mm

Goonengerry

177mm

Cape Byron

174mm

Bangalow

160mm

Tuckombil

130mm

Alstonville

108mm

The Channon

102mm

Ballina

99mm

Casino

59mm

Lismore

49mm

 

 

 

 

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