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Prepare now for wild weather

Posted: 6pm 10 Dec 2020

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a significant weather event this weekend, with 4-6m waves, 100mm of rain on Sunday and gale force winds possible. Now’s the time to prepare.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist James Thompson says on Saturday, we can expect normal showers with up to 10-20mm, but things will ramp up on Sunday and Monday, with heavy falls and strong winds likely to cause flash flooding and coastal erosion.

He says 100mm is possible per day from Sunday into early next week. Rain totals could be higher in some areas.

The bureau is forecasting waves between 4-6m from late Sunday until Monday with gale force winds resulting in very rough conditions offshore and at beaches. 

Image Credit: Bureau of Meteorology

Prepare for high tides

Spring high tides will also be their highest on Monday and Tuesday. Mr Thompson said they could be the highest tides residents in low-lying coastal areas have seen.

He encouraged residents in low-lying communities to prepare as best they could and keep an eye on warnings.

“Heavy rain will add to this, so flash flooding is a real possibility,” he said.

When will it pass?

Mr Thompson says winds should ease on Tuesday.

“But there is a strong chance of severe storms on Tuesday. It’s too early to give an exact forecast though,” he says.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty with this weather event.”

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