Canberra weather: Rain continues in ACT as NSW experiences widespread flooding | Canberra Times

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Parts of Canberra recorded up to 30 mm and 50 mm of rain on Thursday as the rain pushed the territory into its wettest November ever. ACT has hit 147.8 mm of precipitation for the month of November, breaking the previous record of 138.2 mm set in 1995. The recorded rainfall dates back to 1939. Bureau of Meteorology, lead meteorologist for NSW / ACT Agata Imielska said , that Friday would be a “key day where we get to see more rainfall”. “The total rainfall in November is likely to continue to rise,” she said. The agency expects up to 45mm on Friday, but showers will subside over the weekend. Both days should provide “greater chance of a shower as opposed to rain”, with the current Saturday outlook showing only a millimeter of rain. “Even if we see something, it’s probably relatively easy,” Ms Imielska said. The rain will also continue next week as the record margin is expected to increase. “We have that flood risk for this season,” she said. MORE NEWS: The ACT Emergency Services Agency said it had received more than 100 requests for assistance since 1 p.m. 9 Thursday. Firefighters, SES and Transport Canberra City Services have responded to reports of leaky roofs, felled trees and local floods, caused by high soil moisture content leading to congestion of rainwater systems and landslides. ESA reminded society never to drive, walk or ride through floods. Meanwhile, a low-pressure system that brought heavy rain and devastating winds to southern and western NSW is expected to push further east. NSW has seen widespread flooding across the state after extensive heavy rainfall in areas where the ground is already saturated and rivers are already high in many areas and flooding in others. Australia is heading for its wettest spring in a decade, and some regions of NSW have already received more than three times their normal rainfall in November. A portable rain station south of Griffith on Thursday measured 60 mm in one hour. Snowball, southeast of Canberra, recorded 28 mm in one hour and Braidwood recorded 15 mm in 30 minutes. Gunnedah recorded more than 20 mm in 90 minutes, and a similar amount decreased at Gunnedah over a period of two hours. Grafton recorded 20 mm in three hours, Cabramurra saw 26 mm fall over four hours. with AAP Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the local community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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