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Record broken, Sydney records wettest year on record

Record broken, Sydney records wettest year on record

With 86 days left in 2022, Australia's largest city, Sydney, has broken its annual rainfall record.

The city has recorded more than 2,200 mm of rain since January, Australia's weather agency said.

Widespread flooding across Australia has already killed more than 20 people this year.

People in Sydney have been warned of immediate flood risks and to prepare for another wet summer.

Sydney's previous rainfall record of 2,194mm was set in 1950.

More rain and storms are forecast for the next few days, but reservoirs are full, dams are full and rivers are already swollen, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

This means that many areas are primed for flash flooding. Thousands of homes were left uninhabitable when floods hit NSW and Queensland in February and March.

Experts say the recent wet weather has been driven by climate change and the La Niña phenomenon.

In Australia, a La Niña increases the likelihood of rain, cyclones and cooler daytime temperatures.

Source: BBC

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