Rain at last, with more to come – hopefully

Ava, Marine and Eden Smith from Sydney take cover at the Taree Show on Friday.
Ava, Marine and Eden Smith from Sydney take cover at the Taree Show on Friday.

Welcome falls of rain have been recorded across the Manning Valley on Friday.

Showers are predicted for the weekend and into next week. A strong wind warning has been issued for our coastline.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, over the last 48 hours, a trough has moved through western, southeastern and central parts of New South Wales. It is currently slow-moving and extends from the Northwest Slopes to the Hunter Coast.

This system has brought widespread rainfall to NSW, with almost all observation sites registering some rainfall. The most substantial rainfall observed overnight was along central parts of the coast, from about Wollongong to Newcastle.

The focus of rainfall for the remainder of Friday will be over northeastern and central eastern districts. Thunderstorms are possible in the northeast and may result in localised heavy falls. The southern inland and far west are expected to be dry.

Heavy rainfall overnight in Western Sydney caused some river level rises in the Parramatta River but levels are now falling. People should remain aware of the risk of localised flash flooding in their area.

Vigorous winds on the southern side of the system have already been observed early Friday morning through the Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter coast. Marine warnings for strong and gale force winds and hazardous surf conditions are current. Winds and waves in these areas are expected to ease during Saturday.