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A heavy deluge will continue to pound three Australian states as experts warn floods and relentless rain will linger for the rest of the year.
Dean Narramore from the Bureau of Meteorology said large parts of the Sunshine State were battered with heavy rainfall overnight.
The forecaster said Townsville on the state’s northeastern coast received from 250 to 300mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday.
Three Australian states will continue to be pounded with heavy rain with experts warning sun-seekers the deluge could last for weeks (pictured, rain in Sydney in February)
Queensland, NSW, and South Australia have received the brunt of wet and wild conditions that have returned with gusto following a brief reprieve (pictured, residents in Lismore in March)
BoM recorded the biggest fall at Toolakea, which received a total of 352mm while inland areas such as Longreach were hit with falls of 100mm.
Stoney Creek in the Queensland’s southeast recorded ‘significant’ rainfall totals with 298mm of rain drenching the region in just 12 hours.
Mr Narramore said there was potential for minor to moderate flooding in those areas, with more rain to fall on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday.
‘Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall for people in parts of Herbert and Lower Burdekin Forecast District which may lead to flash flooding for areas between Ingham and Giru,’ the bureau tweeted on Tuesday morning.
Conditions appear to be clearing in central areas such as Townsville, while coastal areas near Cannes are forecast to receive a few showers.
Meanwhile, in South Australia, the meteorologist said an upper low is bringing moderate to heavy rainfalls to parts of the state.
Mr Narramore said there was potential for minor to moderate flooding in some saturated areas in inland and southeast Queensland (pictured, residents ride their bikes in Lennox Head)
BoM recorded the biggest fall at Toolakea which received a total of 352mm while inland areas such as Longreach were hit with about 100mm of rain
Woomera, a small outback town in SA’s northwest, received 69mm of rain, five times the monthly average of 12mm usually recorded in April.
Parts of the north and east received about 20 to 40mm of rain while Adelaide remained dry with the falls mostly concentrated over remote areas.
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‘An upper level low pressure system extended from the west over South Australia and resulted in heavy rainfall over parts of the north,’ the bureau tweeted on Tuesday.
‘The highest totals in the 24 hrs to 9am Tuesday were 68.8 mm Woomera, 54.8mm Arkaroola, 46.2mm Marree, 45mm Roxby Downs and 38.1mm at Andamooka.’
Mr Narramore said the rainfall has shifted to western and inland NSW, with Broken Hill in the state’s west receiving 30 to 60mm overnight.
He said the brunt of the rain fell on Tuesday with ‘patchy’ showers to move east and bring lighter falls of 10 to 20mm for the rest of the week.
Coastal communities will receive lighter falls Mr Narramore described as ‘hit and miss’ which are expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday.
The bureau issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain in the state’s far west as a trough moves across the region bringing ‘unsettled’ weather.
‘Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding and people should take care on the roads and continue to monitor warnings,’ it said.
Cold and wet conditions are due to ease on Friday across NSW before returning on the weekend.
Areas hammered with the deluge, including western NSW, inland SA and Queensland’s northeast also experienced a drop in temperatures.
In South Australia, inland areas were six to 10 degrees below average with temperatures only dropping about two to three degrees on the coast.
The bureau issued a severe weather warning for heavy rain for the far west of NSW as a trough moves across the region bringing ‘unsettled’ weather (pictured)
It comes amid warnings rain could batter Australia for the remainder of the year with two major weather events set to collide for the first time in 50 years.
La Niña generally ends sometime in mid-Autumn but it is expected to endure until the end of the season and bring plenty more rainfall.
A negative Indian Ocean Dipole is also brewing over the Indian Ocean and the weather system could be on a crash course with La Niña.
Across the rest of the country, Western Australia is forecast to be hit with showers until Thursday, with the wet conditions to clear by Sunday.
Experts have warned Australia could be battered with rain for the remainder of the year with two major weather events set to collide for the first time in 50 years (pictured, man paddle a canoe in Lennox Head earlier this month)
Temperatures are due to drop in Victoria with showers to linger into next week.
Hobart remains cloudy with wet weather to strike on Thursday. Maximum temperatures this week will reach 25C on Friday.
The Northern Territory remains mostly fine with the possibility of showers and thunderstorms later this week which are due to clear on Sunday.
Showers across the ACT will also bring cooler weather with temperatures struggling to reach over 20C for the remainder of this week.