Rain to continue with a southerly to cool it off

THAT bright, shining thing in the sky yesterday morning was only a brief reprieve from the big wet on the Coffs Coast.

Don't put your umbrellas and gumboots away just yet unfortunately, the weather bureau is predicting showers daily up to and including next Wednesday.

The wettest day is expected to be on Saturday when as much as 24mm is predicted to fall.

Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology observer Greg Crow said scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoons was well and truly on the cards.

"The strong southerly change expected to move along the NSW coast today will cool things down, which will cause shower activity," Mr Crow said.

His thunderstorms prediction was spot on yesterday afternoon with a wild 30-minute, thunder, lightning and rain show hitting Coffs Harbour about 4pm.

The downpour caused flooding at the intersection of Marcia Street and the Pacific Highway, causing traffic to come to a standstill on the highway.

We may only be seven days into February but we've already smashed the rainfall average for the month.

So far, Coffs Harbour has had 222.8mm, blitzing the monthly average of 214.1mm.

The January average of 185.9mm was easily eclipsed with a 288.8mm total, while in December, the 137mm which fell was just below the monthly average of 143.6mm.

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