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Minor flood warning for the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers

26 August 2015 - NSW

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that minor flooding is likely in the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers following the expected spill of Warragamba Dam overnight (Wednesday).

Bureau of Meteorology Acting New South Wales Regional Director, Mr Stephen Lellyett, said heavy rain triggered by an East Coast Low had fallen over the past two days.

“In the 48 hours to 9am Wednesday, up to 160mm of rain has fallen in the Wollondilly River, upstream of the Warragamba Dam, and up to 170mm has been recorded in the Nepean Valley,” Mr Lellyett said.

A Severe Weather Warning for the Illawarra and South Coast was cancelled Wednesday afternoon, however, flood warnings are still current for the Hawkesbury and Nepean, Shoalhaven, and Lachlan Rivers, and St Georges Basin.

“At this stage, with Warragamba Dam expected to spill overnight, minor flooding is likely along the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers, similar to flooding seen in March... read more...

Bureau issues Climate Outlook for September to November 2015

27 August 2015 - National

The Bureau of Meteorology today issued its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for September to November 2015.

The outlook for the next three months indicates:

A wetter-than-average spring is more likely in western and central Australia.

Warmer nights likely for most of Australia, with warmer days are likely along the east coast and far southwest Western Australia.

Climate influences include El Niño in the Pacific and... read more...

Radar upgrade boosts Cape York weather warnings and forecasts

26 August 2015 - QLD

The Bureau of Meteorology has replaced and upgraded the Weipa weather watch radar, which will provide more frequent, higher resolution Doppler images on the Bureau's website from today (25 August).

The radar will provide improved services for emergency services, bauxite mining and graziers in the northern Cape York region. This includes more frequent updates of higher resolution images, going from scans every 10 minutes, to more regular updates every 6... read more...

East Coast Low currently affecting the southern NSW coast

25 August 2015 - NSW

Heavy rains and damaging winds will continue for the Illawarra and South Coast regions today (Tuesday). These conditions are driven by a low pressure system, also referred to as an East Coast Low, that has developed off the southern New South Wales coast.

Bureau of Meteorology Acting New South Wales Regional Director, Mr Stephen Lellyett, said a Severe Weather Warning and a Flood Watch is current for the region and communities affected include Wollongong, Kiama,... read more...