Heavy rain has caused significant disruption and flight cancellations in Sydney, Australia. In the metropolis on the east coast, the highest daily amount of rain in two years had been recorded within 24 hours by morning (local time), the Australian “Guardian” reported, citing meteorologists. Almost as much rain fell as would otherwise be measured on average in the entire month of April. The heavy rain was expected to last until Saturday.

Not only Sydney is affected, but also large parts of the state of New South Wales and the south of the neighboring state of Queensland. The weather office warned of “dangerous and life-threatening flash floods”, especially around the Blue Mountains region, which is also popular with tourists.

Numerous schools and roads were closed. Railway lines were also affected. “Due to severe weather conditions, there are significant delays,” said a statement from the region’s transportation services. Passengers who do not absolutely have to travel should avoid taking trains. Motorists were also asked to avoid driving.

More than 100 flights – mainly domestic connections – had to be canceled in Sydney. Dozens more were only able to start late. Dams also caused concern for the authorities. The Warragamba Dam, which is responsible for the city’s drinking water supply, is already more than 96 percent full, it said. And experts expect further heavy rainfall until the weekend. An overflow is expected with a delay – probably on Monday.