Australia: Flood warnings for New South Wales

The south east of Australia is set for a deluge of rain over the next 24 hours, with a month’s worth of rain forecast to fall in parts of Victoria tomorrow.

Sydney could be hit by 34mm rain starting from this evening – half the amount that usually falls throughout the whole of September.

Floods were already ravaging parts of New South Wales today, where a man had to be rescued from his car after he drove into floodwaters near Forbes.

A severe weather warning has been issued in Victoria, where a 70mm – a month’s worth of rain – could fall this afternoon, with 30mm rainfall forecast for Melbourne.

Despite the rain, the south east’s balmy spring will continue with forecast highs of 23C in Sydney tomorrow.

Flood warnings have been issued across New South Wales, with a series of rivers forecast to burst their banks over the next 24 hours.

Towns near the Gwydir, Peel, Macquarie, Upper Bogan and Lachlan rivers could face flooding while minor flooding is expected near the Upper Macintyre, Namoi and Murrumbidgee rivers, according to the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

There is a 70 per cent chance of rainfall in Sydney this evening, with a 90 per cent chance of up to 30mm of rain in the city tomorrow.