Australians are in for a wild start to the week as flooding threatens parts of the country while other areas are struck with a heatwave.
Residents across New South Wales and Victoria are being warned to stay alert as flooding continues in some parts despite the cancellation of severe thunderstorm warnings.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued its latest alert at 5.15am on Monday which cancelled the severe thunderstorm warning for people in Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, Upper Western and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.
Thunderstorms have weakened central and northern NSW, and there are no longer any severe thunderstorms occurring in New South Wales and the ACT.
However, senior meteorologist Jonathan Gow told Sunrise there were new flood warnings issued for parts of New South Wales on Monday morning.
“There will be much more water to come down through those river systems so keep an eye on those warnings from your local SES,” Mr Gow said.
He said the heaviest rainfall overnight was in the western slopes, particularly communities around Bathurst in central western NSW.
“Unfortunately Forbes saw 120mm yesterday so we’re seeing more flooding along the Lachlan River today,” Mr Gow said.
“We can also see major flooding at Bathurst … the worst has passed but flooding can take days if not weeks to subside.”
While the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, the weather Bureau will continue to monitor conditions and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
Despite the wet conditions in much of the state, Sydney can expect to reach a top of 29 degrees today with a 60 per cent of showers in the morning.
Floods in NSW
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the state, a rescue is underway for a person who became trapped in his vehicle in Alectown early on Monday morning. He contacted NSW SES for help just before 4am.
NSW Police and RFS personnel have located him but have been unable to access him. An Australian Defence Force helicopter has been deployed to assist with the rescue.
Low lying residents in Canowindra central western NSW have been urged to evacuate immediately due to high river levels and dangerous flash flooding. An evacuation centre has been opened at Canowindra Public School, Tilga Street Canowindra.
The town of Molong has been completely isolated by floodwater and residents are unable to evacuate due to flash flooding.
Residents in low lying areas have been warned to move to higher ground and an evacuation centre has been opened at the Molong RSL Riddell Street, Molong.
Meanwhile an Australian Defence Force helicopter has been activated to Molong to assist with a number of rescues, including retrieving people trapped in flood water and medical retrievals.
In Albury on the NSW/Victoria border, two children had a lucky escape after the SES were called to rescue children playing in a storm water drain.
At Woodstock, NSW SES were called to assist six vehicles in flood water after a bridge washed away.
In the last 24 hours NSW SES have responded to 33 flood rescues and 462 requests for assistance.
Major flooding continues at Warren and along the Molong Creek at Molong, which peaked at peaked at 4.70 metres (estimated) around 4.15 am on Monday.
For emergency help in floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life threatening situations, call triple-0 (000) immediately.
The Bureau has issued alerts for minor to major flooding for the Murray and Edward Rivers in Victoria.
Residents in Albury, Corowa, Yarrawonga, Tocumwal, Echuca, Moama, Torrumbarry, Barham, Swan Hill, Wakool Junction, Boundary Bend, Euston, Mildura, Wentworth, Deniliquin, Stevens Weir and Moulamein should continue to monitor weather alerts.
Mr Gow said Victoria saw 40-60mm of rain overnight on Sunday.
He said there are new warnings with moderate flooding likely in Wangaratta and across northeast Victoria.
Severe thunderstorms also passed across the Mornington Peninsula on Sunday.
“There’s renewed flooding for parts of northern Victoria. There’s no ability for trees or grass to soak up the rate from overnight and that’s why we are seeing it flow into the rivers as well,” Mr Gow said.
As rain starts to ease on Monday morning, Melbourne will experience a high of 20C before temperatures drop on Tuesday to 14C.
Snow is expected to fall in mountainous areas by midweek as the unseasonably cool weather takes hold of the state.
Meanwhile, thousands of South Australian school students won’t be able to attend school due to storm damage after power outages across the weekend.
The Education Department announced more than 50 public preschools, primary and high schools in areas of Adelaide will remain closed on Monday.
The department said it was working with the SACE Board to reschedule year 12 exams.
That list was expected to change on Sunday night but it does not include private schools.
More 160,000 properties were without power over the weekend after lightning storms lashed the state, and 33,000 homes remain disconnected.
The SES currently are attending to around 260 call outs.
Crews were busy over the past week, with about 2000 calls for assistance made to the SES.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told The Advertiser that SA Power Networks was working “furiously” to fix fallen power lines through the night, which could mean many schools slated for closure may open.
He urged parents to closely monitor social communications.
As the most of the country battles with heavy rain, parts of Queensland continue to cope with a severe heatwave.
The Bureau forecast a maximum temperatures in the mid to high 30s and minimum temperatures in the mid 20s are expected over the Peninsula district through until at least next weekend.
Locations likely to be impacted include Weipa in the northern tip of Queensland.
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