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The North Shore received more than its usual entire monthly rainfall in one night this week, with Lane Cove recording its WETTEST AUGUST DAY FOR 40 YEARS. Sydney had 106mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am Monday, drowning the average August rainfall figure of 81mm. And Riverview and Lane Cove had the WETTEST AUGUST DAY SINCE 1963, with 126mm of rain recorded, the highest score in the Sydney metropolitan area. August is usually the third driest month of the year due to prevailing westerly winds. But this week the weather is coming from the south-east with an upper air disturbance also contributing to Sydney's soaking.

UGANDA - severe flooding in the eastern part of the country resulted from UNUSUALLY INTENSE rainfall over the past month - the HEAVIEST IN 35 YEARS. Many parts of eastern Uganda have witnessed significant flooding since the rains began in late July. In addition to forcing thousands from their homes and causing substantial damage to crops, the floods have damaged roads and bridges, making it difficult to reach the affected populations.
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