The Australian city of Sydney is preparing for heavy rain and possible flooding over the next two days. Australia has been experiencing severe weather for a few days now.
At least nine people have died since a flood began in Australia last week. Unprecedented rain has inundated towns, roads and bridges in Queensland and New South Wales. New South Wales Premier Dominic Beirut described the weather as a “once in a thousand years” event.
The rainy weather is now slowly moving south. Sydney residents have been warned to prepare themselves as the metropolitan city and nearby areas are expected to see heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon local time. Up to 150 mm of rain is expected in a six-hour period. According to official data, the average rainfall in Sydney in March is 138 mm.
Tens of thousands of Australians living on the country’s east coast have previously been asked to leave their homes due to persistent rains that have caused severe flooding.
Summer on the east coast of Australia is dominated by La Niña for the second year in a row, a climatic phenomenon usually associated with increased precipitation. Brisbane, Australia’s third largest city, has received about 80 percent of its annual precipitation in the past three days. This was reported by the local authorities.
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