A series of severe storms carrying damaging winds and huge hailstones to New South Wales inland are set to cause extreme weather on Tuesday on its way to the east.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a severe thunderstorm alert for areas spanning Bourke all the way to Tumbarumba as well as Canberra and Queanbeyan following a daylong of destructive and “widespread” winds, large-sized hail and heavy rainfall on Monday.
According to Jake Phillips, a senior forecaster at the BOM, a ‘large number’ of damaging storms were actively tracking through the state, bringing about strong winds and heavy showers to widespread areas.
‘Setting Off Storms’
Mr Phillips noted that the wild weather was as a result of a cold front that was busy “setting storms off”.
“There’s a long line of storms extending past the Queensland border, starting in the northern inland areas of Bourke and Walgett, with a continuous line into the southeast of the state; there’s a lot of storm cells in among that area,” he said.
“Canberra has had reports of issues with power lines and pretty gusty conditions created by storms passing through. In Wagga there’s hail the size of 50c pieces, and reports of wind damage. In other areas we’ve seen sharp bursts of rain, like 36mm in Forbes in 15 minutes, and there’s lightning active across the state.”
Mr Phillips has warned that the current severe weather could potentially push towards the east but added that the conditions were easing into a cold snap.
Expected Storm Activity
“Sydney is expecting storm activity,” he said. “Later in the week a wintry change will come through on Friday.’’
Highly destructive storms have become prevalent in Australia and with some of these being unpredictable, it’s prudent that you prepare early before they strike.
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