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Wild winter set to soak into spring

AAP logoAAP 31/08/2016 Andrew Leeson

It may have been a warm winter but record rainfalls in several areas across Australia made it a tough and damaging season for many.

Rainfall records were set in central NSW, central Queensland and northern Tasmania, Bureau of Meteorology climatologist David John Martin told AAP on Thursday.

"One of the wettest winters on record ... we are certainly in the top three wettest," Mr Martin said.

The severity of storms during winter weren't abnormal, Mr Martin said, but the weather that hit the east coast in June made it one of the busiest for emergency services.

In NSW alone the State Emergency Service responded to over 11,000 more storm and flood jobs in winter compared to 2015 with the number of flood rescues also jumping from 99 to 380.

"Most of those numbers are coming from that major severe weather we had in early June," NSW SES media spokeswoman Becky Gollings said.

Heavy rainfall, strong winds and king tides hit the east coast in early June, causing fatal floods in Tasmania and leaving massive coastal erosion in its wake.

"It required all of our manpower, all of the other emergency services, it was just all hands on deck," Ms Gollings said.

But with wind and flood warnings issued for parts of NSW on Thursday and Friday, spring isn't expected to be a relaxing season for the SES, Ms Gollings said.

"I don't think we are out of the thick of it yet ... we are still going to see a lot of storms, a lot of rain, a lot of wind over the storm season, so we are telling people to just be prepared," she said.

Mr Martin said the national picture was mixed moving into spring with warmer than normal temperatures expected.

However, NSW will have to bear another fortnight of wet winter weather.

"There is not a really strong signal across the country, a bit wetter than normal," Mr Martin said.

A WARM, WET WINTER:

* Average temperatures were warmer by nearly one degree

* Record rainfall in central NSW, central Qld and northern Tas

* South western WA had lower-than-average temperatures in some areas

* NSW SES responded to 14,301 storm and flood jobs vs 3003 in 2015

SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology and NSW State Emergency Service

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