Thunderstorms were impacting eastern New South Wales this morning and are set to redevelop this afternoon in southern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales.
This morning thunderstorms have moved east through NSW hitting Gunnedah, Tamworth and Forster. Gunnedah gained nine millimetres overnight and a further five millimetres during the morning. Newcastle had a couple of near misses with storms moving just to the north.
This afternoon thunderstorms will spark up again in the Hunter and the northeastern NSW districts. There is the risk that these storms will be severe due to damaging wind gusts and large hail.
Queensland is not going to miss out on these storms as the trough triggering storms in NSW is quite broad and its influence stretches into Queensland. These storms also pose a risk of severity. The districts likely to experience thunderstorms are the Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, southern parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Maranoa.
The storm risk moves north on Tuesday with the trough, bringing the risk mainly to central eastern parts of Queensland.
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16:04 EDT The swirls, twists, and curtains of light of the aurora australis were visible from the Australian and New Zealand mainland overnight.