Tuesday 27 December 2016

Heatwave Hits NSW And Victoria


Record breaking rains, flash flooding and heatwaves — Santa has gifted Australia some wild weather.

Central Australia has been deluged by rain with the normally parched Uluru transformed by waterfalls. Meanwhile, on the east coast, the mercury could bust the 40C mark as a steamy new year beckons.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a severe weather warning advising Adelaide and Alice Springs residents to take cover with damaging winds of up to 125km/h a possibility and torrential rain by midnight on Tuesday.

By 10am, gusts of over 100km/h have been recorded at Coober Pedy, in the state’s north.

A deep low pressure system moving across Central Australia is to blame.

The inclement conditions have continued throughout the Christmas weekend with the Bureau calling a storm which rocked Uluru a “once in a half century” weather event.

The Walungurru district, in the Northern Territory’s south west recorded 232mm of rain in 24 hours.

The highest daily total for any time of the year was 127mm, recorded in March 2006.

Three people are missing in the western desert where the ferocious conditions forced the evacuation of almost 100 people from their homes.

NT(Northern Territory) Police were searching for the group who were travelling in a car from Kiwirrkurra in Western Australia to Kintore on Christmas Day.



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