Parts of Sydney have been placed on alert for severe storms for the second day in a row on Wednesday with residents urged to put together for damaging winds and huge hail stones. Forecasters additionally warned of heavy rain within the state’s south-east on Thursday.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Wednesday afternoon for elements of western Sydney, the Hunter, the Illawarra, the Southern Tablelands, the Central West Slopes and Plains and the South West Slopes.
“A surface trough over NSW and a broad upper trough over eastern Australia will aid the development of thunderstorms across NSW this afternoon,” the bureau stated in a assertion.
“Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds, large hail stones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.”
Central Sydney, at Observatory Hill, recorded nearly 10 millimetres of rain inside half-hour from 5.30pm.
The severe climate alert for Sydney was cancelled by Wednesday night however warnings remained in place for elements of the Hunter, Mid North Coast, and northern areas.
Bureau climatologist Agata Imielska stated humid air from northern Australia was feeding into a low-pressure trough over NSW.
She stated Wednesday’s rain may affect already saturated catchments within the state’s north and central west, which have been not too long ago affected by main flooding.
“We have seen severe thunderstorms impact much of NSW over the past 24 hours,” she stated.
“This severe weather system; it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.”
Ms Imielska stated that, on Thursday, south-east NSW would be hit by rising rainfall, gusty easterly winds and huge waves.
Some areas will get more than their month-to-month common in rainfall all through the day, rising the danger of harmful flash flooding, whereas Sydney might obtain up to 30 millimetres.