Weekly rainfall update + rainfall outlook 22 May 2024

Bureau of Meteorology, May 21, 2024

A LOW pressure trough lingered along the Western Australian coast from 14-16 May, bringing thunderstorms and showers to parts of Western Australia’s Gascoyne, central west and southern interior districts with daily totals of 5 to15 mm and isolated areas with higher falls.

Several cold fronts affected Tasmania and much of Victoria during the week. The strongest front, on 17 May, brought showers and some snow to elevated areas.

Moist onshore airflow, directed by a strong high pressure system, brought showers to the east Australian coast.

Weekly totals greater than 50 mm were recorded in western Tasmania and parts of the north tropical coast and tablelands district in Queensland. Totals between 15 and 50 mm were recorded in parts of Western Australia’s northern Gascoyne district, western Tasmania, far eastern Victoria, north-eastern New South Wales, extending into south-western Queensland, and in pockets along the northern Queensland coast.

The highest weekly total at a bureau gauge was 150 mm at Mount Read, Tasmania. The highest daily rainfall during the week at a bureau gauge was 58.5 mm at Point Lookout, Queensland, in the 24 hours to 9 am on 18 May.

Most of Australia recorded little to no rain during the week.



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