Sydney on track for wettest year on record after recording 2m of rain

Sydney has exceeded an annual rainfall of two metres for the first time in almost 60 years, with 2022 potentially on track to be the wettest year on record.

But Australia’s eastern states are being warned to brace for even more rain. A potential summer drenching from a rare weather event is expected over the coming months, even as many cities continue to recover from a barrage of devastating floods.

According to data from Sydney Observatory Hill, 2000mm of rainfall has fallen on Sydney since January this year.

The rainfall milestone followed a wet and freezing week for much of NSW, with the rest of Saturday forecast to reach only 19 degrees.

Rainfall totals of 2-4mm are expected for the rest of the day.

But with a rare third-straight La Nina event on the horizon, a wet and potentially dangerous summer looms for many of the flood-ravaged communities on Australia’s east coast.

The Bureau of Meteorology has shifted to being on “La Nina Alert” after previously predicting there was a 70 per cent chance of the phenomena occurring.

Meteorologist Jordan Notara said Sydney has already well-exceeded its yearly rainfall totals for the year.

The Bureau is now monitoring whether rainfall totals will reach the next milestone of 2194mm, a total recorded back in 1950.

Exceeding that figure would signify Sydney’s wettest year on record, Mr Notara said.

Showers are set to ease tonight but more rain could kick up from Tuesday, according to BOM forecasts.

Mr Notara said many parts of Sydney would endure a foggy Sunday morning but then a cold front would begin pushing through central NSW from Monday, leading to more rainfall.

Originally published as More rain expected to drench Sydney as wettest year on record looms

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