Further major flooding for Murray predicted
There is high potential for further major flooding in the Murray River catchment, as heavy rain bears down on the region again in the coming days, according to weatherzone.com.au.
"Further major flooding is almost guaranteed, with widespread 50 to 100 millimetres likely in northern and eastern Victoria and southern NSW between now and Saturday night. Many recently flooded areas will be hit hard again, a blow to the livelihoods of thousands of people," Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.
"More than 200 millimetres is possible in the Upper Murray catchment in north-east Victoria, which will have a big flow-on effect downstream," he said.
This rain will fall on already water-logged ground, which is still submerged in the Swan Hill area.
Only three weeks ago 100 to 200mm of rain fell across a large part of northern Victoria, some of which had a wet December.
Much of the region is already having its wettest summer on record. Mildura has had 270mm so far, more than four times the summer average.
"The coming rain will become widespread as early as Friday as the atmosphere becomes increasingly moist and unstable," he said.
"Saturday looks like being the wettest day as an approaching cooler change interacts with the warm, humid, unstable air ahead of it. The rain will clear on Sunday as the cooler change takes it to northern and eastern NSW.
"Tropical cyclones Anthony and Yasi are largely to blame by increasing the feed of moisture over southeastern Australia."
The remnants of Anthony were partly responsible for heavy thunderstorms on Wednesday. Temora gained 106mm, Burrinjuck Dam 75mm and Dartmouth Reservoir 47mm.
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