Friday, April 1, 2011

Sydney's heavy weather: six weeks' rain in a day

Sydney has switched from its driest start to the year since 1965 to one of its wettest weeks in March after up to 200 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours this weekend - 1½ times the monthly average, a meteorologist says.

The rain is expected to continue until Wednesday morning before skies clear and temperatures rise again, Brett Dutschke at weatherzone.com.au said.

But the weakening of La Nina and the cooling of waters offshore also mean that the heavy rains are not expected to stretch into the rest of autumn and winter, Mr Dutschke said.

Motorists can expect significant delays in parts of Sydney and the Illawarra after the heavy rain caused flooding, Transport NSW says. (read more)