Illawarra set for stormy end to wet January

Storms, potentially severe, could hit the Illawarra on Friday – ending a wetter-than-normal January.

Wet weather is forecast into next week, but Friday should deliver the most rain.

The end of  the working week is expected to bring a very-high chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. “A thunderstorm likely, possibly severe,” the weather bureau’s Wollongong forecast warned.

GLOOMY: Surfers are silhouetted against a grey sky at Bulli. Wollongong is experiencing above average rainfall this month and more is on the forecast. Picture: Sylvia Liber

GLOOMY: Surfers are silhouetted against a grey sky at Bulli. Wollongong is experiencing above average rainfall this month and more is on the forecast. Picture: Sylvia Liber

According to Weatherzone, there’s a 90 per cent chance 10-20mm could fall in Wollongong, with heavier falls of 20-40mm the same chance inland. This month’s rainfall totals across the city are already more than double the January average. 

Further falls could give Albion Park its wettest January on record – the month-to-date total there (151mm) is nudging the previous high of 167.2mm, set in 2013.

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