Sydney, Brisbane weather: Alert for storm bringing large hail and strong winds
Australians along the east coast are being warned to brace for the possibility of severe thunderstorms that will bring strong winds and large hail this afternoon.
A series of troughs moving across southeastern Australia are predicted to bring showers and thunderstorms to the region on Wednesday and Thursday.
Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe explained that a cold change ‘exacerbated’ the thunderstorm conditions Wednesday afternoon.
“It looks like the thunderstorms are going to be quite productive from eastern Victoria to the eastern parts of Queensland,” Mr Sharpe said.
So a pretty dynamic day on Wednesday through the east.’
Showers are expected in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday in southeastern Queensland, eastern parts of New South Wales and eastern Victoria.
Severe thunderstorms are possible in the region, with a risk of large hail and damaging gusts of wind.
Australians in the southeastern part of the country are being warned to brace for thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday
Thunderstorms will move east and are expected over southeast Qld, through the eastern part of NSW, into eastern Victoria (pictured)
New South Wales
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the eastern districts of NSW – stretching from Eden to Lismore – with damaging winds in excess of 90 km/h and possible hail in excess of 2 cm.
Sydney is forecast to hit a warm 25 degrees Celsius on Wednesday ahead of the afternoon cold front, which will bring up to 5mm of rain and a possible thunderstorm.
The wet weather will continue through Thursday, but will clear up on Friday, with temperatures remaining near highs through the weekend.
In the Sunshine State, Brisbane is expected to reach a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius on Wednesday before rain and a chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Thunderstorms are also expected in Brisbane on Thursday morning and afternoon, with a maximum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and winds of up to 25 km/h, before clearing up for the weekend.
Showers are expected across Melbourne on Wednesday and Thursday, with a possible 10mm of rain on both days.
On Friday, conditions off the east coast will ease as the trough moves offshore and will be followed by a high pressure system bringing warm, dry and sunny weather to most of the country.
The thunderstorms are expected to bring damaging winds of more than 90 km/h and hail of more than 2 cm in some parts of NSW
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the eastern districts of NSW, stretching from Eden to Lismore (pictured)
Australian Capital Territory
Wet weather is expected in Canberra on Wednesday, with possible thunderstorms from late morning.
There is only a slight chance of showers in Canberra on Thursday as conditions ease.
Starting Friday, the nation’s capital will see sunny conditions and temperatures in the late teens before warming up early next week.
Showers are forecast in Hobart on Wednesday, which are expected to diminish in the evening.
The wet weather will continue through Thursday, with up to 2 mm of possible rainfall.
The weather will clear up on Friday, after which it will warm up to 18 degrees Celsius for a mostly sunny Sunday.
Warm, dry and sunny weather is forecast for the rest of the country (photo, Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe)
Darwin will remain dry and sunny with warm weather throughout the week as maximum temperatures range between 33 and 35 degrees Celsius.
Adelaide could see a possible shower on Wednesday, with expected temperatures of up to 16 degrees Celsius and wind speeds of up to 30 km/h.
A small chance of rain is forecast for Thursday as conditions clear for a sunny weekend.
Adelaide residents can expect a clear weekend, with maximum temperatures reaching 21ºC and 25ºC respectively on Saturday and Sunday.
Perth will have sunny conditions on Wednesday and will remain warm and dry on Thursday, with a top temperature of 28 degrees.
A cold front moving through the state Friday will cause temperatures to plummet and rain well into the weekend.
Saturday is expected to be the capital’s wettest day, with up to 4 mm of rain and winds of up to 35 km/h.
Temperatures will remain around the high teens and early 20s all weekend before conditions begin to clear early next week.