Australia’s eastern seaboard is set for another drenching this weekend with weather experts warning of a possible formation of an east coast low in the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is expecting significant rain − just a few days after “stormageddon” devastated NSW, Queensland, Victoria, and Tasmania – but says it’s too early to forecast the east coast low’s final impact.
Dr. Andrew Tupper, centre director of the bureau’s National Operations Centre, said the situation will become clearer in the coming days.
“There is still uncertainty about the timing and extent of the impacts, but we have increasing confidence in a widespread rainfall event developing over southern and eastern Queensland, and inland northern New South Wales.”
“Low pressure systems like this low can produce very heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and dangerous surf conditions and residents should keep an eye on local forecasts and warnings as the situation evolves.”
Tupper explained that it is not unusual for east coast lows to develop in fairly quick succession, saying that “On average, the eastern seaboard sees seven significant East Coast Lows each year, and most occur between June and August. These systems are major rain producing events for the east coast of Australia.”
In a statement, BOM said its forecasters will continue to work closely with emergency services to help plan and prepare for potential storm impacts.
“At this stage, people from the Queensland coast to Tasmania should be aware of the potential for more severe weather this weekend and into the next week and stay up to date with Bureau forecasts. If you are in an area expecting severe weather, please follow advice from your local emergency authorities,” Tupper said.
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