Heavy rains in QLD

Heavy over the interior now in QLD

Brett Dutschke, Sun 17:13 EDT

Widespread heavy rain has fallen across the interior in the last few days. Large areas of inland SA, western VIC, far western NSW, western QLD and the NT have had 50 to 100mm, leading to flooding and cutting off roads. Many centres have had their heaviest rain in 10 to 20 years, much longer in some cases. In the 24 hours to 9am Sunday Bedourie (QLD) copped 169mm, their highest in 59 years of records and 7 times their January monthly average. Tibooburra (NSW) had 108mm, their highest daily total in 33 years. In SA Port Pirie has had their wettest January in 129 years of records with 115mm. On Sunday night and Monday, the heaviest rain will be in western QLD, near a monsoon low which is edging northeast. Strong winds are also possible near this low. Rain in NSW is easing due to a trough weakening as it travels slowly east while losing some moisture. Falls will be generally less than 15mm in northern NSW on Monday. Rain over SA, VIC and far western NSW has either cleared or eased in drier southerly winds

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