Gale force winds and heavy rain have triggered flood warnings for some parts of the state with continued rain forecast for the rest of the week.
Gale force winds and heavy rain have triggered flood warnings for some parts of the state with continued rain forecast for the rest of the week.

Wild weather to batter NSW for rest of the week

Monday night's king tide will "ease off" before wild weather conditions return in full force from Tuesday.

While Monday morning's king tide saw offshore swell reach up to 10 metres and 2.24 metres on North Coast beaches around Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Ballina Monday's "low" king tide will see wave heights ease along the coastline.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Abrar Shabren said the low tide would hit around 9:30pm on Monday but rainfall and wind gusts above 70km/h would remain in full force.

"The king tide's looking like 0.56 metres at Brunswick while Ballina will expect 1.22 metres," Mr Shabren said.

 

"Most of the rain and winds will continue throughout the night, we could see widespread falls between 20 to 40mm but also in excess of 80mm where intense bursts of rain hit … we could also see 40 knot winds (74km per hour) continue."

He said Tuesday's conditions would "replicate" Monday's bad weather.

"Much like on Monday, on Tuesday we'll see dangerous and large surf, widespread intense bursts of rainfall and strong winds across the northern NSW coast and Northern Rivers," Mr Shabren said.

"We saw the highest waves during the king tide at 9:30am on Monday, with 10 metres recorded offshore and 2.24 metres at Tweed Heads … we will see renewed rises of these conditions on Tuesday."

It comes as Monday saw the North Coast and Northern Rivers regions battled by damaging surf, heavy rain and gale-force winds.

Extreme weather lashes the North Coast of NSW. Picture: Jason O'Brien
Extreme weather lashes the North Coast of NSW. Picture: Jason O'Brien

The highest rainfall totals from 9am on Monday included Doon Doon which received 155mm, Bellingen at 146mm, Terania got 118ml and Mullumbimby received 113ml while wind speeds of 104km per hour were recorded at Ballina.

Minor to moderate flood watch warnings remain in place for rivers in both the Coastal and Rivers regions until Wednesday as well as a hazardous surf warning for the entire NSW coast from the Queensland border to the Illawarra region.

Minor to moderate flooding is expected to impact the Thora and Bellingen areas on Tuesday morning alongside Tumbulgum and Chinderah, while Lismore may also see minor flooding during Tuesday.

Minor flooding is expected along the Orara River at Glenreagh Monday evening and at Coutts Crossing from Tuesday afternoon, while moderate flooding possible at Bowraville early on Tuesday morning while minor flooding at Macksville may follow during the high tide.

Baya Thorley and Harry Skews having fun riding their bikes while on holidays at Fingal as extreme weather lashes the North Coast of NSW. Picture: Jason O'Brien
Baya Thorley and Harry Skews having fun riding their bikes while on holidays at Fingal as extreme weather lashes the North Coast of NSW. Picture: Jason O'Brien

Mr Shabren said showers would track further south throughout Tuesday but more wet weather would appear later on in the week as the low pressure system moved off.

"The Central Coast and Hunter and various areas rainfall will be quite less than on the north coast, maybe the mid to high 20s, including Sydney," he said.

Through overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday the weather system should basically clear out, with light isolated rainfall, but from Wednesday we'll see showers and potential severe storm activity along the coastline in isolated events until Friday."

Tuesday to Wednesday Flood Warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology:

Richmond River

minor to moderate flooding

Clarence River

minor to moderate flooding

Orara River

moderate flooding

Coffs Coast

minor flooding

Nambucca River

minor to moderate flooding

Macleay River

minor flooding

Hastings River

minor to moderate flooding

Manning and Gloucester Rivers

minor flooding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally published as Wild weather to batter NSW for rest of the week



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