NSW, Victoria, SA weather: Urgent warning as multistate rain band looms

A 2000km rain band sweeping across the nation is set to lash NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA and the ACT in the coming days, with some areas set to receive totals of nearly 100mm by lunch on Friday.

The grim weather system, which began in parts of SA on Wednesday, will continue to sweep across the country in an eastward direction, bringing thunderstorms, potential hail, severe weather, and flooding.

Warnings for damaging winds and heavy rainfall were issued for parts of SA on Thursday, with the large cold front forecast to hit the nation’s east coast from Thursday afternoon.

Showers and storms to hit on Thursday afternoon

By Friday, showers and storms are set to hit parts of NSW and Queensland, including the capital cities of Brisbane and Sydney.

Sky News’ meteorologist Alison Osborne said a “strong cold front was fuelled by an upper level trough”. That means a burst of cold air will “destabilise the atmosphere” leading to storms and other inclement weather.

By Thursday afternoon a heavy rainband will be “steamrolling” through Victoria, inland NSW and central Queensland. The heaviest falls have been forecast predicted from Roma in Queensland down to Moree in northern NSW. Isolated flash flooding could also affect some areas.

The rain could also extend to the capital cities of Sydney and Brisbane, with showers forecast for the late afternoon and evening.

By Friday, the weather system will by pushed into the Tasman Sea, however Ms Osborne says an “odd morning rumble of thunder” could occur. Recurring showers and storms also forecast for NSW’s Murray-Darling Basin.

The combined storm and shower activity could reach totals of 50mm and more in the Murray Darling and inland Queensland areas.

Ms Osbourne warns that prolonged flooding could occur, as a number of the rivers have remained flooded, or are on flood watch. Creek and river beds also continue to be inundated with water in a number of regions in the area.

Originally published as NSW, Victoria, SA weather: Urgent warning as multistate rain band looms

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