Taking cover at the powerboat grand prix are Amy King and Georgie Skelsey.
Taking cover at the powerboat grand prix are Amy King and Georgie Skelsey.

Storm clouds prompt warning

STORM clouds are expected to hover over the Clarence Valley for the best part of the week, with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issuing a severe weather warning for the area.

The flash flooding warning was issued yesterday for people in the Northern Rivers and northern parts of the Mid-North Coast districts.

BOM duty observer Kellie Hooper said a weak trough near the North Coast was interacting with humid air to generate the areas of heavy rain and showers that we have experienced in recent days.

In the past 24 hours many locations from the Queensland border to Coffs Harbour had received in excess of 100 millimetres of rainfall causing concerns that continuing heavy downpours over saturated ground may cause flash flooding.

Grafton had 63 millimetres of rain recorded for the 24-hour period before 9am yesterday, but the wet weather did not seem to deter people from watching the powerboat racing on the Clarence River in Grafton at the weekend.

Ms Hooper said the Clarence Valley could expect showers over the next couple of days, with conditions expected to ease by Thursday.

Rainfall measured by BOM from 9am Friday until late Sunday afternoon.

  •  Grafton – 63.4 millimetres
  •  Yamba – 8 millimetres
  •  Coffs Harbour 89.2 millimetres

Weather synopsis

Humid easterlies are feeding a trough in the east, generating flooding rain along the NSW and south-east Queensland coasts.

The troughs are expected to weaken and move west over the Tasman Sea. Rainfall around the Clarence Valley is predicted to ease by Thursday.



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