Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Issued at 1:25 pm EST on Friday 14 August 2020 By the Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart.

Flood Watch Number: 1

Flooding is possible in flood watch catchments from Saturday, with the severity depending on the location and movement of a low-pressure system.

A low-pressure centre is expected to rapidly develop to the northeast of Tasmania during Saturday, which may generate heavy rain in the east of the state over the weekend.

Most catchments in the flood watch area are relatively wet from recent rainfall.

Rainfall about the north and east is expected to increase during Friday, with heavy falls possible in isolated thunderstorms overnight. Weekend totals of 30 to 60 mm are forecast to fall across much of the east, with higher totals expected in elevated areas or in thunderstorms. Rainfall totals will depend on the position of the low.

River rises are expected with forecast rain and minor flooding may develop from Saturday.

Catchments likely to be affected include:

North Esk River

South Esk River

Meander River

Macquarie River

East Coastal Rivers (north of Bicheno)

Ringarooma River

North Coastal Rivers

Tamar (Launceston)

Huon River

Channel Coastal Rivers (South East Cape to Gordon)

Derwent River (including Rivers Ouse and Clyde)

Jordan River

Coal River (Craigbourne Dam is now full)

East Coastal Rivers (south of Bicheno)

South East

Note: This Flood Watch is a "heads up" for possible future flooding and is NOT a Flood Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology does not provide a flood warning service for all of the catchments covered by this flood watch. For more information on the Flood Watch Service:

For the latest warnings see For the latest rainfall and river level information see

For the latest weather forecast see

Flood Safety Advice:
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For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening situations, call 000 immediately.

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