28. October 2021

‘Beast from the south’ set to batter NSW with dangerous weather


NSW is set to be battered by heavy rain, extreme thunderstorms, hail and snow over the subsequent three days when a “beast from the south” strikes by means of south-east Australia.

Severe thunderstorms, that are most certainly on Thursday, might trigger injury to property, flash flooding and dangerous circumstances in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.

A slow-moving cold front could bring severe thunderstorms to Sydney on Thursday

A slow-moving chilly entrance might carry extreme thunderstorms to Sydney on ThursdayCredit:Kate Geraghty

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster David Wilke stated the slow-moving chilly entrance would possibly carry widespread areas of showers and storms and probably heavy rainfall in the southern a part of the state.

“It’s going to take a couple of days to move through,” he stated. “At first, it will bring some activity to inland parts on Wednesday, moving to eastern parts on Thursday and probably lingering through Friday in the east.

“The most dynamic day at this stage does look to be Thursday.”

On Wednesday, Sydney skilled the third straight day of cloudy and wet circumstances when up to 10mm of rain was recorded in components of the metropolis between 9am and 5pm.

Mr Wilke stated the extreme thunderstorms might hit a lot of the state’s east on Thursday and embody the risk of enormous hail, damaging winds and heavy rain.

“So that’s areas extending from about Canberra through to Sydney and up through the Great Dividing Range,” he stated.

“As this front moves through, what we’re going to see is rainfall that’s associated with thunderstorms, so that can be very hit-and-miss depending on where you are.”


Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino labelled the system the “beast from the south”, warning it will produce a dangerous mixture of heavy rain, extreme thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail and snow over components of southern and japanese Australia over the coming days.

He stated that, as the system moved additional north, it will work together with hotter, moisture-laden air, “resulting in four days of showers, blustery winds and potentially severe thunderstorms between [Wednesday] and Saturday”.

It got here as the bureau on Wednesday issued a La Nina alert, which means there’s a 70 per cent probability of the occasion occurring in the coming months.

La Nina occasions enhance the probabilities of above-average rainfall for northern and japanese Australia throughout spring and summer season.

“Six of the seven international climate models surveyed by the bureau meet La Nina criteria from November,” the bureau stated.

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