Wild Weather Storms Across South Eastern Australia

First rule of weather: be safe.

14/09/2016 4:04 PM AEST | Updated 14/09/2016 4:44 PM AEST
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Never drive through floodwaters, OK?

Rain, and plenty of it, and potentially much worse is storming its way across south eastern Australia.

Check out this big swirling blob of a thing thanks to the Bureau of Meterolology's awesome Himawari-8 super satellite, which the Bureau -- in an uncharacteristically verbose press release issued 12 months ago -- described as "eye-candy for our forecasters". Whatever gets you going, guys.

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What the satellite image shows is a deep low pressure system centred near Adelaide. The South Australian capital copped an absolute lashing around midday on Wednesday, with 70 and 80km/h wind gusts and heavy rain lasting several hours. Yep, it was ugly out there.

The Adelaide Hills copped it too.

The system is now tracking eastwards. Parts of western and central Victoria have already received extremely heavy rain, and more could be on the way. Flood watches or flood warnings are in place for at least 20 rivers.

Here's are a video of someone driving through floodwater to remind you why you should NEVER do this.

The west and central west of NSW, and even parts of southern Queensland, have also been affected by the long cloudband you can see on the right hand side of the satellite image above. Inland rains have already been so heavy in some areas that roads are flooded.

Ten NSW rivers have flood warnings, in the second major rain event for inland NSW in a week. Some roads are closed. Click here for more info. Now here's a man with a slightly droning voice to explain more about this weather system.

In the NSW and Victorian snowfields, the rain should turn to snow overnight, providing a much needed top-up to ski slopes that are scheduled to remain open until October. Here's a typically bubbly and enthusiastic snow reporter to tell you more about that.

The good news is the weekend should be a little less stormy in most places we've just mentioned, although there is a chance of showers on Saturday in Melbourne and Adelaide, and on Sunday in Sydney.

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