By CNN staff
Sydney has recorded its wettest year since records began in 1858 as further downpours are forecast in coming days that could cause more flooding in Australia’s eastern states.
Thursday morning showers in central Sydney took the city’s rainfall so far this year beyond the previous record set in 1950 of 2,194 millimeters (86 inches).
Australia has experienced heavy downpours in recent months, forcing residents to flee their homes as rivers breached their banks and waters rose around Sydney, northern New South Wales (NSW) and southern Queensland.
And more rain is forecast for the rest of 2022 due to the rare occurrence of a third straight La Niña, a weather system that typically causes wet, windy summers.
“Heading into late spring and summer, we’re still in this active La Niña period so we can expect more and more rainfall and that does…