Wet weather to continue as low pressure system sloshes across the country

Date: 2021-11-10 22:41:41

Heavy rain, storms and flooding are expected in parts of the country as a low pressure system sloshes its way across the country over the next few days. 

Weather warnings are out for South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Many changing warnings are expected over the next few days, so please keep up to date with your local warnings at ABC Emergency

So far, major flood levels have been reached on an upper tributary of the Macintyre River at Kettle Swamp Creek on the Queensland, New South Wales border between Warwick and Goondiwindi. 

Eighty-nine millimetres of rain have hit the nearby gauge since 9am yesterday. 

A flood warning is out for the Border Rivers with moderate flood levels expected at Texas later on Thursday and minor flood levels likely at Inglewood. A flood warning is out for the Border Rivers with moderate flood levels expected at Texas later Thursday and minor flood levels likely at Inglewood.  

Many locations in Queensland have recorded over 50 millimetres since 9am on Wednesday, with widespread falls of over 25mm through the southern border regions and central Queensland. 

Most locations in eastern New South Wales have seen some sort of rain since 9am on Wednesday, with many over 50mm, including Scone and Moree with 53mm. 

How the next few days play out will largely depend on where the low pressure system currently over the centre decides to go.(Supplied: Bureau of Meteorology)

It comes after widespread heavy falls for the west, centre, and Queensland on Tuesday.

Alice Springs had its wettest day in twenty years, triggering the Todd River to turn into a torrent. 

What is triggering all this rain? 

According to Jonathan How, senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, this drenching is being triggered by a couple of factors:

One is a tropical air mass that has been sitting over central and western Australia, fed by warm waters around Indonesia.

“We’ve been drip-fed this tropical moisture from north of the country. It’s been sitting there and kind of brewing away nicely,” he said.

That moist air is now moving south and combining with unstable conditions enhanced by an upper-level trough. 

“At the same time, we’ve also got some cold winds coming through from the south, which is going to bring some cold weather to really reinforce those quite miserable conditions for large parts of the country,” he said.


The wet weather is expected to clear for southern Queensland and northern New South Wales on Friday, but the wet and cold conditions are expected to linger over the weekend for the southern states as a series of cold fronts make their way through. 

Updates to come throughout the day. 

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