The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the east coast of NSW, including the possibility of large hail.
The NSW Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for the east coast this evening, warning travelers that there will be destructive winds, heavy rainfall, “large hail” and thunderstorms.
Senior meteorologist Hugh McDowell predicted an inland trough to the west and more rain and thunderstorms, with the potential for severe storms.
The official Tuesday assessment cautioned people in the following districts: Hunter, Illawara, Central Tablelands and parts of the Mid North Coast, Metropolitan, South Coast, Southern Tablelands, North West Slope and Plains, Central West Slope and Plains and South West Slope .
“Severe thunderstorms with gusty winds, large hail and heavy rainfall are likely to cause flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours.” The BOM statement said,
“Locations that could be affected include Wollongong, Nora, Orange, Goulburn, Tamworth and Gunedah.”
The risk of worsening of the state’s current flooding is low, but Mr McDowell says there could be “renewal of the river in some places and some isolated heavy falls in these thunderstorms” in some parts of the state.
Footage from some of the wildest patches of afternoon rain has begun to filter in. Orange residents reported small hail after a sunny afternoon that faded in an instant.
According to The Rural Fire Service, SES workers were kept busy throughout the night with 198 calls for help. More than half of them were storm-related calls from the north-east of the state.
The latest weather warnings came after Meteorologists confirm Australia’s La Nia was in for summer, which means cooler temperatures and wetter weather for the Eastern Seaboard.
“This summer it’s still going to be warm inland and sometimes below the coastline, but it’s good to be prepared for additional clouds and precipitation at times higher than the greater risk of flooding in the east, north and central regions of Australia. To normalize,” sky news weather Meteorologist Rob Sharp told news.com.au.
But while rain and fire aren’t the best bedfellows, the flames are still raging this summer.
Sky’s Mr Sharp said: “Despite La Nia, there is still a high risk of fires and heatwaves across large parts of the country this summer.”
“Heater than normal is still likely over the central and western parts of Australia and there is a good chance in the south.
“Even the southeastern parts of Australia, such as Victoria, are more prone to heatwaves than usual.”