Weather News

Heat out with a bang

Thomas Hough, Sunday January 6, 2019 - 12:04 EDT

Yesterday saw the end of a sustained period of heat for many, with thunder and lightning marking the beginning of fresher conditions.

In Sydney temperatures dropped like a stone as the change moved through, with Mascot cooling 11 degrees in 10 minutes and Observatory Hill cooling 5 degrees in 15 minutes.

Thunderstorms also rolled through from around 2pm, with over 17,000 lightning strikes within 50km of Penrith between 2pm and midnight. Of these, just over 2600 reached the ground. Not only did these storms put on a light show, they also help cool the city around a further 10 degrees, down into the low 20's.

Cooler conditions lie ahead for the city for a couple of days, which below average for the time of year and after the recent heat, could feel a little chilly.

Those warm days aren't far away though with the mercury set to climb again middle of next week.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2019

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclone Veronica poses the biggest risk to the Pilbara in a decade, authorities warn

13:09 EDT

Western Australia's Pilbara coast is being pummelled by gale force winds and torrential rain from Cyclone Veronica, with authorities warning the system poses the biggest risk to the region in a decade.

Cyclone Trevor creates wind gusts as violent as Cyclone Tracy before downgrading to tropical low

12:15 EDT

At its peak, ex-tropical Cyclone Trevor was as powerful as 1974's devastating Cyclone Tracy, with wind gusts of up to 250 kilometres per hour.

Fire Danger in the Midst of a Tropical Cyclone

12:13 EDT

As Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica edges closer to the Western Australian coast, Fire Weather Warnings have also been issued for the same region.