Gippsland on flood watch

GIPPSLAND, including the Latrobe, Thomson, Macalister, Avon and Mitchell river catchments, has been placed on flood watch.

A cold front will move across Tasmania today and a high pressure system will move south of Tasmania tonight. The high will strengthen in the southern Tasman Sea on Wednesday as a low develops off the New South Wales coast. The low will move further southwards on Thursday before moving eastwards into the Tasman Sea on Friday as the next high pressure system enters the Bight.

Areas of rain have been forecast for Gippsland catchments during the period of Thursday through to Friday.

Rainfall totals of 20 to 50mm have been forecast.

The forecast rainfall is expected to cause stream rises and possible areas of flooding in Gippsland catchments from late Thursday into Friday.

The Bureau of Meteorology is monitoring the situation and will issue catchment specific warnings if and when required.

This flood watch means people living or working along rivers and streams must monitor the latest weather forecasts and warnings and be ready to move to higher ground should flooding develop.

Flood warnings will be issued if minor flood level is expected to be exceeded at key sites along the main rivers for which the Bureau of Meteorology provides a flood warning service.

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