Thunderstorms lashed central and northern parts of New South Wales on
Friday, bringing hail, strong winds and substantial rainfall, with
more on the way over the weekend.
Although thunderstorms were not as wild as those seen on Thursday in
Victoria, they still brought gusty winds, hail and heavy rainfall to
central and northern parts of NSW.
One such thunderstorm dropped 18mm in just 10 minutes at Narrabri, as
well as producing wind gusts to 82km/h. The thunderstorms also
produced some substantial rainfall across the northern inland. Walgett
picked up 67mm, its heaviest rain in two and a half years, and its
heaviest March rain since at least 1971.
Sydney also copped briefly intense storms during the early afternoon,
with suburbs such as Parramatta and Guildford reporting pea size hail.
Those at the Easter show would have copped a short but sharp
drenching, with Sydney Olympic Park recording 8mm in just 10 minutes.
Thunderstorms are likely to continue over the weekend in NSW. During
Saturday, the focus will again be on central and northern parts of the
state. Damaging winds and hail remain a threat with any storms,
although heavy rain is less of a risk. During Sunday, the focus will
be even further north over the Northern Rivers and in northern parts
of the North West Slopes & Plains as the trough edges towards
Thunderstorms are likely to clear most parts of the state by the start
of the working week, with only places close to the QLD border having
any chance of further rumbles.
© Weatherzone 2013
15:46 EDT The Australian research body the Climate Council has argued in its latest paper that the probability of drought will increase, and it will become more severe, because of climate change.