Monday 4 July 2022 10:00 AM La Nina end DOESN'T mean rain end: why Great Wet is back, awful until SUMMER? ... trends now

Monday 4 July 2022 10:00 AM La Nina end DOESN'T mean rain end: why Great Wet is back, awful until SUMMER? ... trends now
Monday 4 July 2022 10:00 AM La Nina end DOESN'T mean rain end: why Great Wet is back, awful until SUMMER? ... trends now

Monday 4 July 2022 10:00 AM La Nina end DOESN'T mean rain end: why Great Wet is back, awful until SUMMER? ... trends now

Despite the official end of the La Nina weather pattern last week, relentless rain, flood warnings and evacuation orders have returned due to an east coast low.

'You could also call it a cloud bend because it was all linked,' said Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard.

'This cloud went all the way up through Queensland and up to Papua New Guinea,' and there is not much sunshine to come in the coming weeks, or possibly months.

The latest flooding across NSW comes as some home owners are still recovering from multiple other recent inundations. 

Mr Pippard said June's weather was mainly caused by an increase in westerly winds, which 'are usually quite dry, there aren't too many rain systems coming through that way.

'So we started to see more cold fronts coming through, which is pretty normal over winter,' he told Daily Mail Australia. 

What has brought the rain and devastation back 'is the winds have turned easterly again, so they're coming in off the ocean once again.

A man is rescued from his car by State Emergency Service workers in Windsor on July 4, 2022 in Sydney, Australia

A man is rescued from his car by State Emergency Service workers in Windsor on July 4, 2022 in Sydney, Australia

'If you think of all the peak weather events we've had so far this year, they've all been from the east and this one is no exception,' said Mr Pippard. 

The La Nina finally broke down last week. 'Usually it breaks down in March or April, so it got all the way to the end of June, which is very late. 

'When you have that happening, you still have the residual effects of La Nina, which is the warm waters close to the east coast.'

Mr Pippard explained that that is the difference between a climate outlook and a weather event, and the rain is going to keep falling. 

'They're is a chance we'll see a spot of sunshine on Wednesday and maybe on Saturday. But the next genuinely dry day could be next Monday,' he said.

'It seems fairly likely there will be showers for at least the coming week.'

For those hoping to get their sheets dried on a clothes line, Mr Pippard has bad news. 'Stick to the dryer, or do the best you can,' he said.

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