Sydney braces for another soggy week as floods leave thousands stranded

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 16: Weather. A walker gets caught in a rain squall at Jubilee Park along Rozelle Bay in Glebe on March 16, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Kirk Gilmour/Fairfax Media) Photo: Kirk GilmourSydney has sloshed through yet another wet weekend, with a total of 222 millimetres of rain soaking the city over the past 19 days – 16 of which were rainy.
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While the rain is expected to persist for the rest of the week, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Gabrielle Woodhouse said the wet conditions were no cause for alarm.

“We start to see a lot of the weather patterns change [in March] and so this is where typically we start to see some wet months,” she said.

“You can start to see these sorts of troughs where we just have a lot of shower activity or the development of lows off the coast and they’re the ones that generally bring the widespread rainfall, with a really high rainfall total.”

At just over halfway through the month, March is poised to break rainfall records, inching closer to the 270 millimetres that fell across Sydney in 2012 – the wettest March in almost 30 years.

But it’s unlikely to beat the wettest March on record – a whopping 434.30 millimetres in 1892.

More than 2100 people have been left stranded by flooding, the NSW State Emergency Service said.

Up to 180 SES teams were on standby to help with the additional 124 callouts along the Mid North Coast on Sunday, bringing the total number of calls for assistance over the weekend to 3156.

“We’re expecting that [those stranded] will remain isolated for the next couple of days, depending on rainfall conditions,” SES spokeswoman Kerrie Langendam said.

“However, 15 to 40 millimetres [is still] expected from as low as the Illawarra up until the Queensland border.”

Flood warnings were issued for rivers and creeks across the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Central Coast, with an evacuation order put in place for areas near the Bellinger River on Saturday evening. By Sunday afternoon, the area had been given the all clear. Heavy rainfall over NSW. Flood warnings current: Severn Orara Bellinger Nambucca Hastings Gloucester Manning & Colo https://t成都夜场招聘/Ss766eSCrLpic.twitter成都夜总会招聘/FlwuSTfloK??? BOM New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) March 18, 2017