A dangerous ‘supercell’ storm has swept over Sydney, covering the port city in awe-inspiring black skies and hailstones on Friday.
Australia’s largest city was smashed by the dramatic storm that blew across the CBD from the western suburbs to NSW in minutes, with thunderstorms expected to continue for the rest of the evening.
Elsewhere, severe weather warnings remain in several parts of New South Wales after heavy thunderstorms swept the state and headed north toward Queensland.
The storms marked another day of wild weather after tornadoes on Thursday wreaked havoc across western NSW.
A dangerous ‘supercell’ storm ahead of ominous black skies hit millions of Australians with heavy rain and hail that smashed Sydney
Sydney was devastated by the storm on Friday night, and severe weather warnings remain in place in several parts of New South Wales after heavy thunderstorms hit several regions
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that at least two tornadoes hit NSW, one in Bathurst where three people were injured and the other in Narrabri.
There were other unconfirmed reports or tornadoes in western NSW.
Severe storms hit parts of NSW’s east coast and south-east Queensland on Friday as a low-pressure system barreled in from the west.
The conditions should be ready for a warm and sunny long weekend in both states.
Meanwhile, other parts of the country – including Melbourne, ACT, Hobart and Perth – can expect rain showers for days as wet weather hangs in next week.
Earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology issued warnings of devastating winds, heavy rain and heavy hail in parts of inner NSW on Friday as the huge weather system continues to hit the eastern states.
Storm clouds rolled over Sydney in the early evening with heavy rain after fast
Sydney’s storm fell in a matter of minutes, dumping heavy rain and hail over the city
A tornado (pictured) flew through central western NSW on Thursday, injuring three people, tearing down power lines and damaging houses and trees.
On Thursday, a tornado flew through central western NSW, injuring three people, destroying power lines and destroying buildings and trees on its way.
The violent storm traveled up to 30 km on Thursday afternoon and tore down a house on Meadow Flat in the Bathurst region, while at least one other home along with sheds and other structures were also destroyed in the area.
BOM meteorologist Hugh McDowell said widespread rainfall and thunderstorms in inland parts of the state had peaked Wednesday and Thursday, and the weather front is now moving toward the coast.
Giant hail with a diameter of up to five centimeters was recorded in Bourke, in the far west of the state, with gusts of 85 km / h.
Walgett in northern NSW experienced 60 mm of rain – double the monthly average for September – in one day, while Canberra recorded 38 mm or half of its September average.
While most communities will only experience showers or rain over the next few days, some will see more thunderstorms between now and the weekend, he said.
The bill said people should monitor changes in their areas over the coming days, with warnings back for storms, damaging winds, heavy rain and hail.
Giant hail (pictured) up to 5 cm wide was recorded in Bourke, in the far west of NSW
Queensland and NSW will enjoy warm temperatures on Sunday and Monday when the storm clears (pictured, Sydneysiders enjoying the sun at Bondi)
Conditions should ease when the gutter moves offshore, resulting in a pretty nice long weekend.
‘We’re looking at dryers and cooler conditions starting to get better from Saturday.
‘Sunday looks mostly dry with above-average temperatures – even into the 30s – with quite warm conditions developing, and that continues until Monday and possibly Tuesday,’ McDowell said.
Parts of northern NSW will experience increased risk of forest fires as low humidity is combined with westerly winds. Residents in these areas are urged to heed warnings from the fire department.
As the weather system is heading towards the coast, Sydneysiders can expect a wet Friday with the possibility of a possibly heavy thunderstorm late in the morning and afternoon.
The wet weather continues into the weekend, with a few showers on Saturday before the sky clears for a hot Sunday with a peak of 27C.
A woman takes a photo of the city’s skyline as storm clouds gather over Sydney on Thursday
Brisbane can expect similar conditions with heavy storms expected to soak the city Friday night with the risk of damaging winds, heavy hail and floods.
But the wild weather will ease overnight to make room for a sunny and warm weekend with max 28C Saturday and 30C Sunday.
Meanwhile, Melbourneians need umbrellas into next week with showers until Wednesday.
Despite the wet weather, temperatures will remain moderate – hovering between the low teens to 21C before falling below 10C in a cooler week from Tuesday.
Darwin will also see some showers on Friday and Saturday, with the mercury basking between the mid-20s and down into the low 30s.
Boring weather will dominate the weekend in Canberra, Perth and Hobart, with showers in all three cities leading to the middle of next week.
Canberrans can expect cooler temperatures in the coming days with minimum sitting below 10C and altitude topping at 20C.
It gets a little warmer in Perth, with maximum intervals around 20C, while Hobart will stay cooler with peaks in the mid-teens.
Adelaide will see sporadic showers into next week – but there will be a slight delay over the weekend. Showers will ease on Sunday to a maximum of 19 degrees and a minimum of 12 degrees before falling to a cool 9 degrees on Tuesday.
Five-day weather forecast in your city
FRIDAY: Min 14. Max. 24. Shower or two. Possible storm.
SATURDAY: Min 13. Max 23. Shower or two
SUNDAY: Min 11. Max. 27. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 13. Max. 28. Sunshine.
TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 23. Most sunshine.
FRIDAY: Min 17. Max 26. Showers. Storm probably.
SATURDAY: Min 14. Max 28. Sunshine.
SUNDAY: Min 15. Max 30. Sunshine.
MONDAY: Min 16. Max 33. Sunshine.
TUESDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Sunshine.
FRIDAY: Min 11. Max. 18. Shower or two.
SATURDAY: Min 9. Max. 23. Late evening shower.
SUNDAY: Min 12. Max. 19. Precipitation lighter.
MONDAY: Min 10. Max. 16. Showers.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 13. Max. 20. Showers. Possible storm.
SATURDAY: Min 10. Max. 20. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 10. Max 19. Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 8. Max 20. Shower or two.
TUESDAY: Min 10. Max 18. Showers.
FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 20. A few showers.
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max. 18. Shower or two.
SUNDAY: Min 11. Max. 21. Showers that develop.
MONDAY: Min 10. Max. 18. Showers rising.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Shower or two.
FRIDAY: Min 8. Max. 19. Showers. Possible storm.
SATURDAY: Min 7. Max. 19. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 20. Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 7. Max 18. Shower or two.
TUESDAY: Min 5. Max. 13. Shower or two.
FRIDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Shower or two develops.
SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two.
SUNDAY: Min 26. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 25. Max 34. Most sunshine.
FRIDAY: Min 10. Max 16. Rain.
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max. 16. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 11. Max. 17. Showers.
MONDAY Min 10. Max 17. Showers.
TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Shower or two