The 20 to 40mm of rain which was expected this week didn’t eventuate but the Bureau of Meteorology is still expecting rain over the next week.
The Bureau expects Young to receive a bit of a reprieve this weekend with less than one millimetre of rain expected on both Saturday and Sunday at this stage.
Early next week however is a different story and flooding could return if the expected rain falls.
Weatherzone.com.au is forecasting a 90 per chance of rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with 5-10mm forecast for Monday, 10-20mm on Tuesday and a further 10-20mm on Wednesday.
Duty forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology Claire Yeo said “a significant system” which could be similar to one that dumped 80mm of rain on Ballarat in 24 hours, will fall across the southeast in the middle of next week.
“There are some differences between various models but it’s shaping up to be a significant rain event throughout inland NSW.”
Brad Nash from the State Emergency Services’ (SES) Murrumbidgee regional office said the organisation was prepared to be on standby for a while yet.
“It looks like there’s a fair bit (of rain) on the way and we’ll need to remain operational longer,” Mr Nash said.
“We have to monitor the situation closely and keep an eye on managing fatigue levels.”
Visiting crews from across the state were being rotated out as southern Sydney and mid-north coast crews arrived to take up the slack.
It’s been a very wet start to Spring for Young with the monthly rainfall already at 97mm, well above the September average, which according to the Bureau of Meteorology is just 47mm.
Young has experienced two days so far this month when falls of more than 40mm of rain were recorded.
The wet start to Spring follows a very wet Winter and a wet end to Autumn.
In May Young received 111mm of rain, above the 40mm long term average.
In June 143mm was recorded compared with a 64mm average.
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