A dangerous ‘supercell’ storm swept Sydney, covering the port of Harbor City, amid ominous black skies and hailstones on Friday.
Australia’s largest city was devastated by a dramatic storm that swept across the central business district of the western suburbs of New South Wales in just minutes, with thunderstorms expected to continue for the rest of the evening.
Elsewhere, severe weather warnings remain in effect for many parts of New South Wales after severe thunderstorms hit the state and headed north into Queensland.
The storms heralded another day of severe weather after tornadoes wreaked havoc across the West New South Wales Thursday.
A dangerous “SuperCell” storm preceded by ominous black skies hit millions of Australians with torrential rain and hail that wrecked Sydney
The storm hit Sydney on Friday evening and severe weather warnings remain in effect in several parts of New South Wales, after severe thunderstorms hit several areas.
The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that at least two cyclones hit New South Wales, one in Bathurst, where three people were injured, and the other in Narrabri.
There have been other unconfirmed reports or cyclones in western New South Wales.
Severe storms hit parts of the east coast of New South Wales and southeast Queensland Friday as a low pressure system barrels from the west.
Conditions were clear for a warm and sunny weekend in both states.
Earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology issued warnings of damaging winds, torrential rain and torrential hail for parts of inland New South Wales on Friday, as a massive weather system continues to batter the eastern states.
Stormy clouds rolled across Sydney in the early evening with torrential rain falling rapidly
Sydney storm landed in minutes, heavy rain and hail flooded the city
A cyclone (pictured) hit central western New South Wales on Thursday, injuring three people, destroying power lines and damaging homes and trees.
On Thursday, a cyclone swept through central western New South Wales, injuring three people, destroying power lines and destroying buildings and trees in its path.
The violent storm traveled up to 30 kilometers on Thursday afternoon and destroyed a home in Meadow Flat in Bathurst, while at least another home was destroyed along with huts and other buildings in the area.
BOM meteorologist Hugh McDowell said widespread rainfall and thunderstorms in the interior of the state peaked on Wednesday and Thursday and that the weather front is now moving toward the coast.
Giant hailstones up to five centimeters in diameter were recorded in Burke, in the far west of the state, with winds of up to 85 km/h.
Walgate in northern New South Wales saw 60mm of rain – double the September monthly average – in a single day, while Canberra recorded 38mm, or half its September average.
He said that while most communities will only see showers or rain over the next couple of days, some will see more thunderstorms between now and the weekend.
BOM said people should monitor changes in their areas over the coming days, with warnings of storms, damaging winds, heavy rain and hail remaining.
Giant hailstones (pictured) up to 5 cm wide have been recorded in Burke, in far western New South Wales.
Queensland and New South Wales will enjoy mild temperatures Sunday and Monday when the storm subsides (Pictured, Sydney residents enjoying the sun at Bondi)
Conditions should ease as the trough moves away from shore, making for a nice long weekend pretty much.
“We are looking at dry and cold conditions that are starting to improve as of Saturday.
“Sunday appears mostly dry with above-average temperatures – even in the 30s – with very warm conditions developing and that will continue into Monday and possibly Tuesday,” McDowell said.
Parts of northern NSW will face increased bushfire risk, as low humidity combines with westerly winds. Residents in those areas are urged to remain alert to fire services warnings.
As the weather system heads towards the coast, Sydney residents can expect a humid Friday with the possibility of a severe thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon.
Wet weather will continue into the start of the weekend, with a few showers on Saturday, before clearing skies for a warm Sunday with 27°C.
A woman takes a picture of the city skyline as storm clouds gather over Sydney on Thursday
Brisbane can expect similar conditions with severe storms expected to engulf the city on Friday night, with the risk of damaging winds, big hail and flash floods.
But the wild weather will ease overnight to make way for a sunny, hot weekend with a maximum of 28°C on Saturday and 30°C on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Melbournians will need umbrellas leading into next week with rain expected through Wednesday.
Despite the humid weather, temperatures will remain mild – teens hovering as low as 21°C before dropping below 10°C for a week cooler than Tuesday.
Darwin will also see some rain on Friday and Saturday, with the mercury falling between lows of the mid-20C and climbing to the low of 30C.
Dismal weather will dominate the weekend in Canberra, Perth and Hobart, with rain continuing in all three cities into the middle of next week.
Canberrans can expect cooler temperatures in the coming days with lows below 10°C and highs reaching 20°C.
It will be much warmer in Perth, with maximum sitting around 20°C, while Hobart will still be cooler with mid-teen peaks.
Adelaide will see scattered showers next week – but there will be a slight delay over the weekend. The rain will ease on Sunday with a maximum of 19°C and 12°C before dropping to 9°C on Tuesday.
Five-day weather forecast for your city
Friday: Min. 14. Max. 24. A shower or two. potential storm.
Saturday: 13 minutes max. 23. Shower or two
Sunday: Minimum 11. Maximum 27. Partly cloudy.
Monday: Min 13. Max 28. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 11. Max 23. Mostly sunny.
Friday: Min. 17. Max. 26. Shower. potential storm.
Saturday: Min 14. Max 28. Sunny.
Sunday: Min 15. Max 30. Sunny.
Monday: Min 16. Max 33. Sunny.
Tuesday: Min 19. Max 30. Sunny.
Friday: Min. 11. Max. 18. A shower or two.
Saturday: Min. 9. Max. 23. Shower in the late evening.
Sunday: Minimum 12. Maximum 19. Reducing rainfall.
Monday: Min. 10. Max. 16. Shower.
Tuesday: Min 9. Max 18. Partly cloudy.
Friday: Min 13. Max 20. Possible storm.
Saturday: Minimum 10. Maximum 20 showers.
Sunday: Min 10. Maximum 19. A shower or two.
Monday: Minimum 8. Maximum 20 showers or two.
Tuesday: Minimum 10. Maximum 18.
Friday: Minimum 13. Maximum 20 showers.
Saturday: Minimum 12. Maximum 18. One or two showers.
Sunday: Min 11. Maximum 21. Rain.
Monday: Minimum 10. Maximum 18. Increased rain.
Tuesday: Min. 9. Max. 16. A shower or two.
Friday: Min 8. Maximum 19. Rain. potential storm.
Saturday: Min 7. Max 19. Rain.
Sunday: Min 7. Maximum 20 showers or two.
Monday: Min 7. Max. 18. A shower or two.
Tuesday: Min 5. Maximum 13. A shower or two.
Friday: Min. 25. Max. 33. A shower or two.
Saturday: Minimum 25. Maximum 32. A shower or two.
Sunday: Minimum 26. Maximum 33. Partly cloudy.
Monday: Minimum 25. Maximum 33. Partly cloudy.
Tuesday: Min 25. Max 34. Mostly sunny.
Friday: Min 10. Max 16. Rain.
Saturday: Minimum 12. Maximum 16.
Sunday: Min 11. Max 17. Showers.
Monday at least 10. max. 17. Shower.
Tuesday: Min. 9. Max. 16. Shower or two