Exceeding the previous record set in 1956

Sydney gets wettest start in one year on record

  • People take a closer look at the overflowing waters of the Hawkesbury River in the Sydney suburb of Windsor.

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  • A man takes pictures of a flooded house on the bank of the Hawkesbury River in the Sydney suburb of Windsor.

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  • Rain water surrounds the houses.

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  • Residents move by boat on flooded streets.

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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology announced yesterday that Sydney had its wettest start in a single year on record, as the state of New South Wales continues to battle floods.

In the 24 hours to 9 am yesterday, parts of Sydney saw more than 100 millimeters of rain, the Met Office said.

"This year marks the start of the wettest year ever," the bureau said in a tweet, pointing to overtaking the previous record set in 1956.

After 16 days of nearly continuous rain, the rain finally began to subside yesterday as the low pressure system moved off the coast of New South Wales.

The flood crisis claimed the lives of at least seven people in the state.

At least 13 people died in neighboring Queensland in the floods there, the Australian Associated Press reported.

• After 16 days of nearly continuous rain, the rain finally started to subside yesterday as the low pressure system moved off the coast of New South Wales.

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