Weekly rainfall update + rain outlook 7 December 2022

Bureau of Meteorology, December 7, 2022

AT the start of the week, monsoon-like conditions brought storms to Western Australia’s Kimberley and the Top End of the Northern Territory.

Later in the week, the storms moved over the Cape York Peninsula and southwards down the Queensland coast, before moving offshore.

A high-pressure system over southern Australia resulted in little rain during the week in southern areas except for western Tasmania and the Northern Rivers district in New South Wales.

The highest weekly rainfall total at a Bureau site was 178mm at Weipa’s Eastern Ave on the Cape York Peninsula and the highest daily total of 120mm at Tully Sugar Mill, also in Queensland, in the 24 hours to 9am on December 1.

Weekly rainfall totals above 100mm were recorded across the Cape York Peninsula and along the ranges in Queensland, and in the far east of the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land.

Weekly rainfall totals of 25-100mm were recorded for much of eastern Queensland including the South East, and around 25mm in the Kimberley and the Top End.

November rainfall was the 10th-highest on record for Australia as a whole, with the national area-average 76pc above the 1961–90 average.

Ongoing flooding

Major flooding continues in inland NSW along the Darling, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers.

Major flooding of the Murray River continues to affect NSW and Victoria.

The Murray River in South Australia is experiencing moderate flooding with rises expected over the coming weeks and months.







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