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Rain on its way across southern and central Australia

Brett Dutschke, Saturday November 3, 2018 - 16:55 AEDT

A large area of rain is slowly on its way east across southern and central Australia, likely bringing the biggest rainfall in several months to some areas.

Between now and Thursday, rain should fall across almost all of South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, and most of the Northern Territory and western Queensland.

The rain-bearing system looks to be slow-moving, tapping into moisture from the tropics. For most, the rain will be steady and moderate, adding up to about 10-to-20 millimetres. For some in SA, Victoria, NSW and southern parts of the NT it will be occasionally heavy, adding up to 25-to-50mm, potentially double in some places.

In general, this rain is welcome. It will clean the air of dust and pollen, help extinguish bushfires, add much needed moisture to the soil and help fill tanks and dams on properties which have seen too little rain in the past few years.

On the down side, some are sure to see too much rain in too short a time, leading to flooding and erosion and possible disease in fruit. In grain-growing country, the rain will not only interrupt harvesting, but it is sure to reduce crop quality and yield. Accompanying the rain, thunderstorms bring the ability to also generate intense bursts of rain and damaging winds.

The system has been generating rain and thunderstorms in parts of Western Australia during Saturday where it has prompted a Severe Thunderstorm Warning.

- Weatherzone

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