High rainfall and strong coastal winds predicted

ACCORDING to the Bureau of Meteorology the Clarence Valley is set for a drizzly week as the rain settles in early tomorrow.

But the bureau's senior forecaster Jake Phillips suggested the Clarence will miss a lot of the torrential downpour predicted for the entire East Coast.

"Tomorrow and through the first part of Thursday will definitely be wet days," Mr Phillips said. "There might be the odd thunderstorm on both days and the rain could settle in for pretty lengthy periods throughout the day.

"Tuesday will definitely be the wettest day with bthe expectation that the Clarence Valley will see between 20-40mm of average rainfall for the day.

"Things look to be easing off on Wednesday but it is not completely clearing."

The rain does appear to be bringing lower temperatures with it also the mercury falling well below the average for this time of year.

"The maximum over the coming days will be around the mid-twenties at best and along the coast line it may even be lower than that," Mr Phillips said.

"But it will turn around as the week progresses with the daytime temperature raising to the higher part of the twenties and maybe even nudging the thirties in the later part of the week."

Surfers could be putting the boards away until Friday with an offshore southerly producing choppy conditions until later in the week.

"The winds are fairly light until Wednesday when there are a few southerly winds picking up," Mr Phillips said. "Those southerly winds will last possibly throughout the weekend.

"On the coastal fringe we are expecting the winds to hit about 20-25 knots (40-45kmh) with the inland winds dropping dramatically from that.

"It will become pretty choppy as the wind picks up in the middle of the week but we are expecting a southerly swell of about 2-3 meters to pick up on Thursday.

"So the best time to be on a board will probably be early Friday morning as the winds die down but the swell remains reasonable."

With the return of most weekend sports this Saturday including cricket, Mr Phillips said players can expect to hit the field but may be interrupted throughout the day.

"Early indicators suggest that there may be the odd shower but whatever we do get will be few and far bewteen," he said.