More widespread rain is forecast for the Lower Hunter as the region's super soaker event continues, prompting warnings from the SES that flooding could be on the cards later this week.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting rain for the rest of the week as a high pressure system near Adelaide moves slowly east.
Maitland has already received 33.4 millimetres of rain as of 3pm on Monday, November 22.
The BOM reports that a trough and associated low pressure centre extends across the northern inland and a second trough of low pressure near the Mid North Coast may briefly deepen into a low pressure system near the coast during Monday (November 22) generating widespread areas of rain or storms across the northeast.
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"The low over the inland is expected to weaken during Monday as the high reaches the southern Tasman Sea, however the low near the coast may linger until Tuesday, cradled by the high to the south," the BOM reports.
A new trough follows the high and moves across the state during Wednesday and Thursday, bringing a return to largely unsettled conditions.
Alexandra Varley from Maitland City SES said as heavy rain moves down the river catchment there may be flooding towards the end of the week.
"Considering the river is still up and we are expecting further rising, it's definitely important people are staying away from waterways wherever possible," she said.
The SES currently have a livestock warning out for rural properties near waterways to move their pumps and livestock out of the way to avoid any damage or loss of life.
Ms Varley warned the public not to drive through flood impacted roads and find an alternate route, obey road closure signage and to call the SES on 132 500 or emergency services on 000 if you find yourself in need of assistance.
If wind accompanies the storms and wet weather this week, there is a higher risk for tree damage.
Today (Monday, November 22) is expected to be cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers. Winds southeasterly 25 to 40 km/h. Daytime maximum temperatures between 16 and 20.
Large and powerful surf conditions in the afternoon and evening are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.
The forecast for Tuesday is cloudy with a high (70%) chance of showers. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 12 and 16 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s.
Wednesday will also be cloudy with a high (70%) chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between 14 and 17 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 20s.
Thursday conditions will be cloudy with a very high (90%) chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then tending north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 17 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 28.
The Hunter SES units always looking for volunteers and Ms Varley advises those interested to fill out an application online.
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