New South Wales was hit by an array of thunderstorms yesterday that battered locations from Canberra to Sydney to Tamworth.
Storms sparked up during the afternoon along the slopes and plains of New South Wales before moving east and north. The Blue Mountains copped heavy rainfall with Katoomba gaining 11mm in only 10 minutes amongst afternoon and evening storms totalling 28mm.
Western Sydney were blasted by a series of storms cells with Penrith picking up 18mm. Eastern parts of Sydney only received thundery showers with most suburbs picking up around 10mm.
The heaviest rainfall was further north and during the evening where Cessnock collected 15mm in ten minutes and Tamworth gained a total of 53mm. Tamworth also experienced winds gusting to 76km/h.
Today, thunderstorms are expected to redevelop primarily from the Central Tablelands to the Northern Tablelands. There is again the risk of large hail, heavy rain and a slight risk of damaging wind gusts.
The Hunter and Mid North Coast are also faced with the risk of severe storms, most likely in the west.
On Tuesday storms will contract further north before storms clear eastern NSW on Wednesday.
© Weatherzone 2013
15:20 EST Heavy rain in the past few days led the Rural Fire Service to reassess plans to bring forward the bushfire danger period in the Hunter region to September the first.