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Australia weather: Rain bomb in Queensland as downpours see flooding in NSW, Victoria

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A giant rotating rain bomb has saturated a regional Australian town with millions across swathes of the east coast braced for heavy rainfall throughout the rest of the week.

A stunning weather phenomenon was pictured in Balberra, a small town south of Mackay in Queensland’s north coast, on Monday as the huge heavy pressure system made its way inland.

The giant rain bomb circulated across farms and paddocks in the region creating stunning images as the dense air crashed towards the ground.

Nearby Mackay remains on high alert for severe thunderstorms as wild weather battered large parts of the state on Monday.

Heavy winds and large hail has been predicted for the surrounding areas, with warnings in place down the Queensland coast for the remainder of the week.

The entire eastern half of Australia can expect varying levels of rainfall from moderate to extreme until next week as a combination of troughs combine with extreme moisture caused by La Nina. 

A stunning rain bomb was pictured in Balberra, a small town south of Mackay in Queensland's north coast, on Monday as a huge heavy pressure system makes it way inland

A stunning rain bomb was pictured in Balberra, a small town south of Mackay in Queensland’s north coast, on Monday as a huge heavy pressure system makes it way inland

Nearby Mackay (pictured) remains on high alert for severe thunderstorms as wild weather battered large parts of the state on Monday

Nearby Mackay (pictured) remains on high alert for severe thunderstorms as wild weather battered large parts of the state on Monday

Heavy winds and large hail has been predicted for the surrounding areas, with warnings in place down the Queensland coast (pictured) for the remainder of the week

Heavy winds and large hail has been predicted for the surrounding areas, with warnings in place down the Queensland coast (pictured) for the remainder of the week

The Bureau of Meteorology has severe warnings in place for the area near Lockyer Valley and Ipswich for the remainder of Monday and early hours of Tuesday, describing the storms as ‘very dangerous’. 

Gladstone and Rockhampton are at risk of developing ‘supercell thunderstorms’ on Tuesday. 

Ma Ma River in the Lockyer Valley experienced 72mm in just one hour to 7am on Monday while nearby towns Gatton and Little Egypt experienced 40-45mm within 30 minutes at the same time. 

Brisbane copped nearly 24mm between 6am and 9am on Monday. 

The storm cell is set to linger in Queensland extend down the east coast as far as Victoria into next week.

According to WeatherZone large parts of the country have experienced between two and four times their normal November rainfall already, with another month’s worth due this week alone.

The combination of La Nina conditions combined with warmer sea temperatures have created the wet weather cells lashing Australia’s east coast.

The majority of central and eastern Australia will see an easing of conditions on Tuesday before a southern and northern trough merge to create three days of intense storms.

The giant rain bomb (pictured in Balberra, QLD) circulated across farms and paddocks in the region creating stunning images as the dense air crashed towards the ground

The giant rain bomb (pictured in Balberra, QLD) circulated across farms and paddocks in the region creating stunning images as the dense air crashed towards the ground

The Bureau of Meteorology has severe warnings in place for the area near Lockyer Valley and Ipswich for the remainder of Monday and early hours of Tuesday - with rain due to keep coming down all week

The Bureau of Meteorology has severe warnings in place for the area near Lockyer Valley and Ipswich for the remainder of Monday and early hours of Tuesday – with rain due to keep coming down all week

There has been large areas of flooding across Queensland and New South Wales as rain lashed the eastern states on Monday

There has been large areas of flooding across Queensland and New South Wales as rain lashed the eastern states on Monday

Large areas of Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria will be swallowed by storms, with eastern parts of South Australia also experiencing significant rain.

The Mackay region will once again be worst affected, with extreme warnings to be in place from Wednesday to Friday.

Experts are predicting the majority of the eastern half of the country should cop between 20mm and 40mm of rain.

Specific local areas could see as much as 100mm of rain in a day.

The major cities will be in the firing line on Friday, with the weather systems set to move closer to the ocean with Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne set to be drenched.

By Saturday the worst of the storms are predicted to have moved out to sea but there will be lingering showers and cloud cover for the remainder of the week.

The major flooding that is currently causing huge concerns in western and central NSW could become even more of an emergency with little respite predicted.

Multiple people had to be rescued from properties across the state on Monday, including a man who got trapped in his ute trying to cross floodwaters in Merriwa.

The man had to escape through the cabin of his car and stand in the tray until emergency crews arrived to rescue him.  

Mount Seaview near Port Macquarie received 122mm of rainfall on Monday with large parts of the area flooding. 

Multiple people had to be rescued from properties across the state on Monday, including a man who got trapped in his ute trying to cross floodwaters in Merriwa (pictured)

Multiple people had to be rescued from properties across the state on Monday, including a man who got trapped in his ute trying to cross floodwaters in Merriwa (pictured)

The Mackay region (pictured) will once again be worst affected, with extreme warnings to be in place from Wednesday to Friday

The Mackay region (pictured) will once again be worst affected, with extreme warnings to be in place from Wednesday to Friday

Major cities will be in the firing line on Friday, with the weather systems set to move closer to the ocean with Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne set to be drenched

Major cities will be in the firing line on Friday, with the weather systems set to move closer to the ocean with Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne set to be drenched

Sydney has a 50 per cent chance or greater of showers every day for the remainder of the week, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday set to be the worst hit.

Thursday will see the city cop at least 10mm of rain which combined with 26 degree temperatures could see extremely humid conditions.

Melbourne has 80 per cent or higher chances of rain for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before the wet weather moves away from the Victorian capital and out to sea.

They are set for a mostly sunny weekend with temperatures sitting at around 19 degrees.

Brisbane is set for a miserable week with 80 per cent chance of rain or more predicted for all but one day for the remainder of the week.

Wednesday could be the wettest day of the week with 90 per cent chance of 10mm falling on the Queensland capital, with Friday and Saturday also bringing consistent rain.

Canberra will experience heavy storms from Wednesday to Friday, with Thursday potentially bringing severe weather conditions.

An SES worker rescues two boys stuck in fast moving floodwaters in New South Wales on Monday

An SES worker rescues two boys stuck in fast moving floodwaters in New South Wales on Monday

The stunning rain bomb moves across a farm in Balberra on Monday as wet weather batters Australia's eastern states

The stunning rain bomb moves across a farm in Balberra on Monday as wet weather batters Australia’s eastern states

The Australian capital could see as much as 40mm of rain on Thursday, with experts predicting a minimum of 20mm.

Darwin sees rain increasing throughout the week, moving from 50 per cent chance on Tuesday and Wednesday to 90 per cent chance on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday will see the worst of the weather with 20mm of rainfall predicted. 

Hobart will dodge most of the grim conditions, but some rainfall is still expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

Adelaide will see a late shower on Tuesday and some showers into Wednesday before the wet weather moves away from the South Australian capital.

Perth residents will have the bragging rights as the only major city in Australia without rainfall this week, as the West Australian capital basks in glorious sunshine.

Tuesday will be the coldest day of the week at 25C, moving into the 30s on Thursday and lasting into next week with little to no chance of rain.

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL CITY WEATHER FORECAST THIS WEEK

Sydney: 

Tuesday: 17-23 degrees and showers

Wednesday: 17-26 degrees and possible showers

Thursday: 19-26 degrees and showers

Friday: 19-24 degrees and showers

Saturday: 15-20 degrees and possible showers

Sunday: 15-21 degrees and possible showers

Melbourne:

Tuesday: 14-26 degrees and late showers

Wednesday: 17-23 degrees and rain

Thursday: 16-18 degrees and rain

Friday: 12-17 degrees and possible showers

Saturday: 10-19 degrees and mostly sunny

Sunday: 9-19 degrees and mostly sunny

Brisbane:

Tuesday: 20-26 degrees and showers

Wednesday: 21-27 degrees and possible showers

Thursday: 21-27 degrees and showers

Friday: 22-27 degrees and possible thunderstorms

Saturday: 21-28 degrees and possible showers

Sunday: 20-25 degrees and possible showers

Perth:

Tuesday: 12-25 degrees and increasing sunshine

Wednesday: 15-29 degrees and sunny

Thursday: 17-32 degrees and sunny

Friday: 19-33 degrees and sunny

Saturday: 20-34 degrees and sunny

Sunday: 19-33 degrees and sunny

Adelaide:

Tuesday: 18-25 degrees and late showers

Wednesday: 16-24 degrees and possible showers

Thursday: 14-22 degrees and mostly sunny

Friday: 12-20 degrees and mostly sunny

Saturday: 10-22 degrees and mostly sunny

Sunday: 11-23 degrees and sunny

Canberra:

Tuesday: 8-21 degrees and possible showers

Wednesday: 12-23 degrees and showers

Thursday: 15-21 degrees showers and showers

Friday: 13-18 degrees and showers

Saturday: 7-17 degrees and cloudy

Sunday: 7-19 degrees and mostly sunny

Hobart

Tuesday: 11-23 degrees and mostly cloudy

Wednesday: 14-22 degrees and possible shower

Thursday: 14-18 degrees and possible showers

Friday: 9-14 degrees and cloudy

Saturday: 8-16 degrees and mostly sunny

Sunday: 8-20 degrees and mostly sunny

Darwin:

Tuesday: 27-35 degrees and mostly sunny

Wednesday: 27-34 degrees and possible thunderstorms

Thursday: 27-35 degrees and possible thunderstorms

Friday: 26-34 degrees and possible thunderstorms

Saturday: 26-33 degrees and showers

Sunday: 25-35 degrees and possible showers



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