Grey nomads cop a drenching as Big Lap gets wet, wet, wet!

Published: November 11, 2021

The extremely wet weather is playing havoc with grey nomad adventures in many parts of the country … and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

The ABC reports that November rain records have already been smashed through Australia’s west and centre — now the focus is moving east.

“This is going to be the most widespread and heavy rainfall event we’ve seen so far heading into summer,” according to Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Jonathan How.

The NT has seen a huge amount of rain, Yesterday, a man even had to be rescued from the rapidly flowing Todd River after clinging to a tree for six-and-a-half hours after his car was swept off a causeway near Alice Springs.

In Queensland, thunderstorms, intense rainfall and flooding are being reported as wild weather continues across the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology has released a severe weather warning for the Darling Downs, the Granite Belt, and Maranoa and Warrego districts.

This morning’s warning said a low-pressure system over South Australia was moving into New South Wales, while a trough was heading towards southern inland Queensland.

Clouds are looming over Queensland.         PIC: Rick Britton / ABC

“An extremely moist air mass will be drawn southwards from the tropics ahead of these features, producing heavy rain areas and widespread thunderstorm activity across the region,” the alert said.

Heavy rain is also expected in South Australia, where a low-pressure system is expected to deepen. The low is expected to move through South Australia and western New South Wales today before diving down towards the ACT, eastern Victoria and south-east New South Wales late tonight and tomorrow.

The deluge has seen many normally dry landscapes transformed, with water flowing through the Alberga River in South Australia close the border with the NT for the first time in a year and a half.

Conditions are expected to ease over Queensland and northern NSW late today and tomorrow, but the cold wet conditions are expected to linger down south over the weekend.

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