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Residents in NSW and Queensland warned to prepare for wild weather to worsen in next three days

An intense rain bomb dominating Australia’s east coast has left thousands of homes without power and some without roofs, as experts issue a late night warning that the worst is yet to come. 

The wet and stormy weather continues to batter large parts of the country with experts issuing a late-night warning that conditions will deteriorate further. 

‘Conditions are expected to worsen tomorrow and could cause dangerous flash flooding and riverine flooding,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday night. 

Most of Queensland and parts of New South Wales and Victoria have been hit with a ‘phenomenal amount of rainfall’ according to meteorologist Jonathon How. 

Wet and stormy weather continues to batter large parts of the country with meteorologists issuing a late-night warning conditions will deteriorate further (pictured, Sydney weather)

WHAT’S CAUSING THE WILD WEATHER? 

The extreme weather bringing heavy rainfall, flash flooding and unseasonably cool temperatures is being driven by a large tropical air mass over warm waters in Indonesia and Northern Australia.  

Senior meteorologist Jane Golding at the Bureau of Meteorology said at the same time there is also a ‘very deep low pressure system over South Australia that’s tracking towards NSW’.

‘The combination of these two systems will bring wet and stormy weather to NSW and we’re expecting some very intense rainfall in some areas and potentially some very cold air to follow it,’ she explained.

The wild weather has caused chaos for commuters across the east coast with the State Emergency Service reporting 130 calls for help on Wednesday. 

He said more than 300mm of rain has hit north of Rockhampton in Queensland and 100mm in Alice Springs – the highest daily total recorded in more than 20 years.

‘Storms will continue into Thursday with a low pressure system from South Australia to become a focus for southern NSW, ACT and Victoria as it dives south,’ he said. 

‘This low will being heavy rain and strong winds on Friday, and strong easterly winds may generate impacts for residents in Victoria.’

Severe weather warnings have already been issued for South Australia, inland northern NSW, the Riverina and Queensland’s Darling Downs and Granite Belt. 

A home in Roma, in Queensland's Maranoa Region has been lashed with heavy rain, with one unlucky homeowner losing their roof to the extreme conditions (pictured)

A home in Roma, in Queensland’s Maranoa Region has been lashed with heavy rain, with one unlucky homeowner losing their roof to the extreme conditions (pictured)

Flash flooding wreaks havoc in Goodna, near Brisbane (pictured)

A car is pictured crossing dangerous floodwater in Goodna, near Brisbane (pictured)

 Residents in the suburb of Goodna, west of Brisbane, are battling flash flooding (pictured)

'Conditions are expected to worsen tomorrow (Thursday) and could cause dangerous flash flooding and riverine flooding,' the Bureau of Meteorology has warned

‘Conditions are expected to worsen tomorrow (Thursday) and could cause dangerous flash flooding and riverine flooding,’ the Bureau of Meteorology has warned 

Temperatures will remain unseasonably cold with the mercury lagging 16 degrees below average for ‘days on end’, said Mr How. 

‘In addition, thunderstorm warnings will be issued in coming days and some storms may have the potential to produce life threatening flash flooding and damaging to destructive winds. 

‘Expected rain will lead to riverine flooding and flood watches are current for the interior and towards the coast.’

An immense rain bomb will continue to hit NSW as residents prepare to be soaked with more than a months worth of rain in just 72 hours. 

Northern NSW and Queensland are already on flood watch, with the heaviest downfalls hitting the state border areas on Wednesday. 

The NSW coastline was gripped with thunderstorms causing flooding in the Riverina and a whopping 44mm of rain to fall in the state’s centre. 

An immense rain bomb will continue to hit NSW as residents prepare to be soaked with more than a months worth of rain in just 72 hours (pictured, heavy rain in Sydney's CBD)

An immense rain bomb will continue to hit NSW as residents prepare to be soaked with more than a months worth of rain in just 72 hours (pictured, heavy rain in Sydney’s CBD)

Northern NSW and Queensland are already on flood watch, with the heaviest downfalls expected around the state border areas today (pictured, predicted rainfall patterns)

Northern NSW and Queensland are already on flood watch, with the heaviest downfalls expected around the state border areas today (pictured, predicted rainfall patterns)

Those who live in areas such as Tamworth, Moree, Inverell, and Narrabri have been warned to expect very heavy rainfall. 

While Sydney will receive its fair share of showers, there are currently no severe weather warnings in place. 

Weathermen and the SES alike are warning residents to stay safe and be prepared for flooding as more than 150mm of rain is expected to fall on Thursday and Friday. 

It’s a similar story in Queensland, where residents are bracing for more extreme weather conditions to hit in the latter half of the week.  

Queensland’s Maranoa Region has already been lashed with heavy rain and widespread power outages reported in Roma, in the state’s southwest. 

Brisbane (pictured) is predicted to receive 30mm of rain on Thursday and 25mm on Friday

Brisbane (pictured) is predicted to receive 30mm of rain on Thursday and 25mm on Friday

Ergon Energy estimated at least 3,500 homes lost power in the thunderstorms while one unlucky homeowner received significant damage to their roof. 

Flash flooding has forced the closure of the major Bruce Highway with showers in the Wide Bay and Burnett and Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. 

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a staggering 340.8mm of rain in Samuel Hill on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast in the last 24 hours. 

Other areas have received their highest rainfall totals in a decade with predictions the worst will hit in a three-day rain event. 

The Sunshine State has been put on high alert for major flooding as an extreme weather system is due to deliver weeks worth of rain in just a few days.  

Tomorrow is the big day,’ Bureau of Meteorology’s Heather Reid warned on Wednesday. ‘It will be a much wetter day.’ 

Vast tracts are set for a downpour, stretching from the Eastern Desert areas in Western Australia into the Northern Territory, South Australia's north-west, and the North-East Pastoral Districts (pictured)

Vast tracts are set for a downpour, stretching from the Eastern Desert areas in Western Australia into the Northern Territory, South Australia’s north-west, and the North-East Pastoral Districts (pictured)

The Sunshine State has been put on high alert for major flooding as an extreme weather system is due to deliver weeks worth of rain in just a few days

The Sunshine State has been put on high alert for major flooding as an extreme weather system is due to deliver weeks worth of rain in just a few days

However Queenslanders can expect the extreme conditions to ease on Friday and through the weekend as the low pressure system moves away. 

Brisbane is predicted to receive 30mm of rain on Thursday and another 25mm on Friday, however areas closest to the Queensland-NSW border will be most affected.  

People have been urged to check the weather warnings in their area before taking to the roads and to avoid driving through floodwater.  

‘Many areas will be flooded, many roads will be cut off,’ assistant SES commissioner Dean Storie added. ‘If you are in an impacted area, avoid unnecessary travel and never drive through floodwaters.

‘Time and time again, during flood events, we see the results of people making poor decisions when it comes to trying to drive through floodwaters.

‘And often that can result in tragedy.’

People have been urged to check the weather warnings in their area before taking to the roads (pictured, pedestrians in rainy Circular Quay)

People have been urged to check the weather warnings in their area before taking to the roads (pictured, pedestrians in rainy Circular Quay)

On a positive note, the wild weather is predicted to ease on Saturday morning, but could be followed by cold air and strong gusts of wind. 

This could potentially mean snow could fall on low-lying regions south of NSW. 

The Bureau of Meteorology is expected to declare a La Nina event for Australia this year, making it back to back La Ninas after similar rainy weather patterns last year.

The cyclical weather event means Australia could face another six months of the cool, wet weather with dangerous storms, potentially unleashing more tornados.

Rainfall is typically 20 per cent higher over Eastern Australia during a La Nina.

FIVE-DAY FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

 PERTH

Thursday: Sunny. Min 11 – Max 25

Friday: Sunny. Min 12 – Max 27

Saturday: Sunny. Min 13 – Max 30

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 16 – Max 33

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 28

ADELAIDE

Thursday: Showers. Min 9 – Max 19

Friday: Showers. Min 11 – Max 17

Saturday: Showers. Min 10 – Max 17

Sunday: Showers easing. Min 10 – Max 17

Monday: One or two showers. Min 11 – Max 17

MELBOURNE

Thursday: Possible late shower. Min 8 – Max 18

Friday: Showers. Min 10 – Max 16

Saturday: Showers. Min 10 – Max 15

Sunday: Showers increasing. Min 8 – Max 15

Monday: One or two showers. Min 8 – Max 15

HOBART

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 8 – Max 17

Friday: Showers increasing. Min 8 – Max 14

Saturday: Showers. Min 8 – Max 14

Sunday: Showers increasing. Min 7 – Max 16

Monday: Showers. Min 5 – Max 12C

CANBERRA

Thursday: Showers. Min 10 – Max 21

Friday: Rain, possibly heavy falls. Min 7 – Max 15

Saturday: Showers. Min 7 – Max 12

Sunday: Cloudy. Min 4 – Max 13

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 2 – Max 17

SYDNEY

Thursday: Showers. Min 16 – Max 21

Friday: Showers easing. Min 15 – Max 25

Saturday: Possible shower. Min 15 – Max 22

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 23

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 23

BRISBANE

Thursday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 22 – Max 29

Friday: Showers. Possible storm. Min 23 – Max 30

Saturday: Sunny. Min 19 – Max 27

Sunday: Sunny. Min 16 – Max 27

Monday: Sunny. Min 16 – Max 29

DARWIN

Thursday: Possible afternoon storm. Min 27 – Max 34

Friday: Possible shower or storm. Min 28 – Max 35

Saturday: Shower or two, possible storm. Min 27 – Max 34

Sunday: Possible shower or storm. Min 26 – Max 36

Monday: Possible afternoon storm. Min 26 – Max 37

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