A weather system over Australia’s southern states was so intense that it caused one state to ‘disappear’ from the map – and pushed another state towards breaking an 11-year rainfall record.
After almost 100mm of rainfall in parts of South Australia on Friday, it’s looking likely that the state will record it’s wettest June since 2012.
The heavy rains caused flooding and road closures across Adelaide, with SES crews being called in for seven swift water rescues. More than 2000 properties were blacked out at the height of the deluge.
But the intense weather didn’t just affect SA. The trough and associated low pressure system also tracked across Victoria, NSW and Tasmania – with cloud cover so heavy the island state could barely be seen on Weatherzone’s satellite image.
“Hey, where did #Tassie go?” Weatherzone wrote on Twitter alongside the image of the map.
“Somewhere in that combined satellite and radar image below lies Australia’s island state,” they continued on their website, saying that Tasmania “disappeared off [the] weather map”.
‘Unseasonable’ deluge to soak half of Australia
While June is typically one of the driest months in Central Australia, a huge cloudband starting in northern WA will stretch across the country, bringing months’ worth of rain to some regions.
“Alice Springs typically receives around 36mm of rain during all of winter (June to August),” Weatherzone said. “Some forecast models suggest that 50 to 100mm could fall in Central Australia next week, with several days of substantial rain currently on the cards for Alice Springs.”
The deluge could cause flooding and road closures that may last for more than a week, the forecaster warned.
Heavy snowfall hits ski resorts
Friday afternoon saw fresh snowfall at NSW and Victorian ski resorts to mark the start of the Victorian school holidays.
After a slow start at many NSW ski resorts this year, winter has well and truly arrived, with snow predicted to fall every day this week in both states.
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