Severe weather warning for northern NSW as heavy rain continues

A severe weather warning remains in place for parts of northern NSW this morning, despite the immediate flood threat in the Tweed now easing.

The Bureau of Meteorology says heavy rainfall is expected to continue across the Mid North Coast this morning, with a line of showers that may extend into the Northern Rivers.

However the trough bringing the rain is expected to weaken, with conditions easing later Wednesday morning.


“Although showers and thunderstorms will persist for the coming days and will continue to bring the risk of flash flooding,” BOM warned.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba, Maclean, Woolgoolga, Sawtell and Dorrigo.

The weather bureau said rainfall rates could be locally enhanced with thunderstorms, leading to the possibility of “very heavy rainfall and dangerous flash flooding” along coastal areas.

“Wednesday morning’s high tide around 10-10:30am may exacerbate any further river rises for low lying coastal areas, resulting in localised inundation.”

A Flood Watch remains in place for the remaining river catchments along the Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers, however no further flooding is expected in the Tweed River.

It come after several areas, including Tumbulgum and Condong were forced to evacuate yesterday.

BOM said Tweed Heads offshore wave rider buoy has recorded significant wave heights of around 5 m and a maximum wave height in excess of 10 m during Monday and overnight.