Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 6 April 2022

Bureau of Meteorology April 6, 2022

Weekly highlights

  • Weekly rainfall totals over 300 mm were recorded along the northern New South Wales coast and Queensland’s Gold Coast, with daily totals exceeding annual and monthly records in many locations.
  • Weekly rainfall totals in excess of 150 mm were also recorded along the East Gippsland Coast in Victoria, along with totals exceeding 100 mm for parts of western Western Australia.
  • Heavy falls led to major riverine flooding for New South Wales’ Northern Rivers and Queensland’s Gold Coast, as well as localised flash flooding for other areas affected by significant rainfall.
  • Weekly totals greater than 50 mm were recorded in large parts of western Western Australia, along much of the south-east mainland coast and parts of Cape York in Queensland.
  • The highest weekly total was 530.3 mm at Mcleans Ridges (Lascott Drive), in the Northern Rivers District in New South Wales.

Monthly Update

  • March rainfall was 27% below average for Australia as a whole.
  • Rainfall was below average for most of the Northern Territory, western and central parts of Queensland, western parts of Tasmania, and across much of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
  • March rainfall was in the lowest 10% of historical observations for the month (decile 10) for large parts of the northern Northern Territory, extending across the Queensland/Northern Territory border, in pockets along the central Queensland coast, and in south-west Tasmania.
  • Rainfall for March was above average for eastern New South Wales and parts of the Riverina and Lower Western districts; in south-east Queensland, the Wide Bay and Burnett, and Darling Downs districts; parts of Western Australia in the west of the state and the Kimberley extending into adjacent inland areas; much of Victoria, and parts of eastern Tasmania.
  • Rainfall was highest on record for March (since 1900) for areas of the central and northern New South Wales coast, leading to significant flooding throughout the month.





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