Rain predicted for pastoral zones

Rain predicted for pastoral zones

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Rainfall totals of 10-30mm are predicted for most of the state with larger falls forecast with thunderstorms in the pastoral regions. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

Rainfall totals of 10-30mm are predicted for most of the state with larger falls forecast with thunderstorms in the pastoral regions. Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK

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FALLS of up to 100 millimetres of rain are predicted to fall across SA in the next few days, with the bulk of that in the north-west of the state.

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FALLS of up to 100 millimetres of rain are predicted to fall across SA in the next few days, with the bulk of that in the north-west of the state.

Bureau of Meteorology SA-based meteorologist Bonnie Haselgrove said the signs are there for wet conditions for end of the week, with it starting to form on the west coast from tomorrow, with Friday and Saturday to be particularly wet in the northern regions.

"The best rainfalls is likely to be in the north of the state, where we're expecting localised falls of between 60-100mm, with storms," she said.

"Then broader areas of 30-60mm over the pastoral districts in the next four days.

"Some parts of northern SA could see more than their average rainfall for spring in just a 48-hour period."

Other parts of the state are forecast to receive between 10-30mm by midnight Saturday, expect for the South East region, which is only expected to receive 2-10mm.

But Ms Haselgrove said there is a chance of more rain to come next week in the SE.

She said this rain was particularly driven by a complex low pressure system that will start to form in the western of the state tomorrow morning.

Ms Haselgrove said this rain was likely to come with thunderstorms, strong winds and marine wind warnings.

She said there was also the chance of dust storms in the pastoral zones.

She said so far the state-wide rainfall totals for 2020 were below average, but October forecasts indicated rainfall exceeding the median values, while November to January outlooks suggested falls will be about average for western SA and exceed median rainfall for the rest of the state.

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