Weather extremes unsettling



ONE minute we're sweltering, the next we're reaching for our brollies.

That sums up the weather extremes in the Coffs Harbour area in recent days and unsettled conditions remain on the cards.

Stifling heat at the weekend culminated in Sunday night's storm which dumped plenty of rain on the city.

The Coffs Harbour SES had no calls for assistance, but authorities were needed when a powerpole caught on fire in Edinburgh Street.

The Coffs Harbour Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) recorded 44.8mm in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday and it appears more is on the way.

BOM officer-in-charge, Ashleigh Wilson, said the cause of Sunday night's downpour was a trough west of the coast associated with the low pressure system over Cairns at the moment.

"That trough is moving westerly at this stage, but we should still see some local falls around the area," Miss Wilson said.

"There should be some scattered showers around and into Wednesday as well, and while Thursday should be mostly dry, there could be some scattered showers. That trough will move back across the southwest of NSW."

Also in the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, Dorrigo recorded 13mm, Macksville 26mm, Nambucca Heads 6mm and Grafton 36mm.

In the six hours to 3pm, Coffs Harbour had a further 34mm while Dorrigo recorded 33mm.



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