Australians are in for a wild start to the week as flooding threatens parts of the country while other areas are hit by a heatwave.
Residents of New South Wales and Victoria are being warned to remain alert as flooding continues in some parts despite the cancellation of severe thunderstorm warnings.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued its latest warning at 5.15am on Monday, which canceled the severe thunderstorm warning for people in the 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 severe storms in NSW and the ACT.
However, senior meteorologist Jonathan Gow said sunrise there were new flood warnings issued for parts of New South Wales on Monday morning.
“There’s going to be a lot more water coming down those river systems, so keep an eye out for those warnings from your local SES,” Gow said.
He said the heaviest overnight rainfall occurred on the western slopes, particularly in communities around Bathurst in central-west NSW.
“Unfortunately, Forbes saw 120mm yesterday, so we’re seeing more flooding along the Lachlan River today,” Mr Gow said.
“We may also see major flooding in Bathurst … the worst is over but the flooding could take days to weeks to recede.”
While the immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, the Met Office will continue to monitor conditions and further warnings will be issued if necessary.
Despite wet conditions across much of the state, Sydney can expect to reach a top temperature of 29 degrees today with a 60 per cent chance of showers in the morning.
Flooding in NSW
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the state, a rescue is underway for a person who was trapped in his vehicle in Alectown in the early hours of Monday. NSW SES was contacted for assistance shortly before 4am.
NSW Police and RFS personnel located him but were unable to access him. An Australian Defense Force helicopter was deployed to assist in the rescue.
Low-lying residents of Canowindra in central-west NSW have been told to evacuate immediately due to high river levels and dangerous flash flooding. An evacuation center has been opened at Canowindra Public School on Tilga Canowindra Street.
The town of Molong has been completely cut off by the flood and residents are unable to evacuate due to the flash floods.
Residents in low-lying areas have been warned to move to higher ground and an evacuation center has been opened at Molong RSL Riddell Street, Molong.
Meanwhile, an Australian Defense Force helicopter was activated to Molong to assist with various rescues, including the recovery of people trapped in floodwater and medical retrievals.
In Albury, on the NSW/Victoria border, two children had a lucky escape after the SES was called to rescue children playing in a storm drain.
In Woodstock, NSW SES was called to assist six vehicles in floodwater after a bridge washed away.
In the last 24 hours, NSW SES dealt with 33 flood rescues and 462 requests for help.
Major flooding continues in Warren and along Molong Creek in Molong, peaking at 4.70 meters (estimated) around 4.15am on Monday.
For emergency help during floods and storms, call the NSW SES on 132 500. In life-threatening situations, call triple-0 (000) immediately.
The Bureau has issued minor to major flood warnings for the Murray and Edward Rivers in Victoria.
Residents of 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 warnings.
Gow said Victoria saw 40-60mm of rain overnight on Sunday.
He said there were further warnings with moderate flooding likely in Wangaratta and north-east Victoria.
Heavy thunderstorms also passed through the Mornington Peninsula on Sunday.
“There’s new flooding in parts of northern Victoria. There’s no capacity for trees or grass to absorb the rate overnight and that’s why we’re seeing it also flow into the rivers,” Gow said.
As the rain begins to taper off on Monday morning, Melbourne will experience a high of 20C before temperatures drop to 14C on Tuesday.
Snow is expected to fall in mountainous areas by mid-week as unseasonably cool weather grips the state.
Meanwhile, thousands of students in South Australia will be unable to attend school due to storm damage following power outages over the weekend.
The Department of Education has announced that more than 50 public pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in Adelaide areas will remain closed on Monday.
The department said it was working with the SACE Board to reschedule the Year 12 exams.
That list was expected to change Sunday night, but it does not include private schools.
More than 160,000 properties were without power over the weekend after lightning storms lashed the state, with 33,000 homes left without power.
The SES is currently handling around 260 calls.
Crews have been busy over the past week, with around 2000 calls to the SES for help.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens told The Advertiser that SA Power Networks was working “furiously” to fix downed power lines overnight, which could mean many schools scheduled for closure could open.
He urged parents to closely monitor social media.
As most of the country battles heavy rain, parts of Queensland continue to deal with a severe heatwave.
The Bureau is forecasting highs in the mid-to-high 30s and lows in the mid-20s in the Peninsula District through at least next weekend.
Places likely to be affected include Weipa in far north Queensland.
Originally published as Bureau of Meteorology warns of floods and heat waves