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Weather News - Soggy southeast QLD

Kim Westcott, 31 March 2015

Umbrellas and gumboots will be an essential accessory this week, particularly around southern Queensland coasts.

Areas of heavy rain and thunderstorms will put a dampener on the lead up to the long weekend and the start of the school holidays. Coastal areas from Mackay to the New South Wales border will see heavy showers and embedded thunderstorms during tomorrow. Isolated falls of 40mm are possible with widespread falls in the region of 10-20mm.

In the following days, showers will contract south. Wide Bay and Burnett as well as the Southeast Coast will be getting a solid drink. Typically March is one of the wetter months for Wide Bay and Burnett, however this month the rain has been patchy. Bundaberg recorded 192mm last March, however this month only 24mm has landed in the gauge. Only Rainbow Beach has seen monthly falls closer to average, however still falling 20mm short.

From Easter Sunday, the rain will begin to ease up along the coast, with the trough finally shifting offshore on Monday.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Classic autumn weather finally catching up with Sydney

Rob Sharpe, 31 March 2015

Sydney recorded its warmest March in nine years, but today's gloomy weather is a sign of things to come.

According to the history books, March is Sydney's second wettest month, averaging 130mm. However this year the Harbour City was much hotter and sunnier than usual, making it feel like summer would never end. The city only recorded 65mm and reached an average maximum of almost 27 degrees. In Richmond only 26mm was recorded, making it the driest March in a decade.

Today, a weak surface trough combining with cold upper level air has led to the resurgence of showers across the basin. Before midday Olympic Park had gained 13mm whilst Gosford was drenched with 20mm in under half an hour as people arrived at work.

Showers will clear up overnight tonight across Sydney and the Central Coast, but we aren't likely to see the long dry spells that people have become accustomed to.

The four wettest months on Sydney's calendar are from March to June. The latest forecasts indicate that with warmer than usual seas and a positive Indian Ocean Dipole we are likely to see near average or above average rainfall across the next three months. The extra humidity should also lead to warmer than usual nights.

Easter Forecast

This Easter Long Weekend will begin in a dark and gloomy fashion as many remember the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Cloud and showers will spread across much of New South Wales, with Sydney also likely to experience a few. Skies will remain gloomy on Saturday as the offending low pressure trough lingers.

On Sunday the trough will move east, allowing the sun to rise clearly in western NSW for Easter morning. However, in Sydney the lingering wet and gloomy weather won't be so fitting with the joy of the day. The best time for Easter Egg Hunts will probably be on Monday as the trough takes rain off the coast, but the ground will still be fairly soggy from the weekend drenching.

- Weatherzone

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Weather News - Much of WA ending March on wet note

Brett Dutschke, 30 March 2015

March is ending wet for Western Australia's west and south, most of which had a damp start to the month but even for places which have been recently dry.

Most of the region west of about Karratha to Kalgoorlie to Esperance has already exceeded its monthly average rainfall and will pick up a decent downpour in the next 24 hours, a widespread 20-to-50 millimetres. This rain will take many places to more than double their March average and the wettest March in 15 years (the exception is the far southwest corner, southwest from Bunbury to Albany where less than five millimetres is likely).

In Karratha, Kalgoorlie and Esperance and places in between this coming rain will be very welcome given these areas and further east have been exceptionally dry lately.

Salmon Gums and Norseman have only had about five millimetres so far this month, less than a quarter of their monthly average.

And this comes after a dry January and February. It has been the driest start to a year since 1991 for Salmon Gums and 2005 for Norseman with 17mm and 12mm respectively.

A low pressure trough has been filling up with moisture with help from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Nathan running across the Ocean just north of the Kimberley and Pilbara. The trough is deepening and edging south, spreading heavy rain over the West Pilbara, Gascoyne, Central West, Goldfields, Lower West and Southern and Southeast Coastal.

In the West Pilbara Onslow gained about 100mm on Monday, 40mm more than its monthly average, leading to flooding.

Another area likely to see flooding is the Gascoyne Junction to Meekatharra area where more than 100mm is a good chance.

Later on Tuesday and on Wednesday the trough will weaken as it travels east, only taking a few showers and storms with it to the dry Eucla and Interior.

- Weatherzone

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