Sydney records wettest year, braces for floods

STORY: With almost three months of 2022 still to go, the country’s largest city already recorded by Thursday afternoon 2,213 mm (87 inches) of rain in a year.

It was the first time total rainfall in Sydney surpassed the previous record of 2,194 mm set in 1950 since records began in 1858, official data showed.

"What I can tell you is that it is consistent with some of the things that we expect from climate change," Nandini Ramesh, senior research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), told Reuters on Thursday.

More downpours are forecast for the rest of 2022, as Australia's east coast remains in the grip of a rare third straight year of the La Nina weather phenomenon.

During the past two years, floods have struck Sydney's suburbs three times, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.