Severe thunderstorms raged overnight and into this morning in the Hunter and Mid North Coast bringing the heaviest daily November rainfall on record in some places.
The Mid North Coast was hit the hardest with rain, Forster receiving its heaviest 24 hour November rainfall in over a 100 years of records as 130mm fell. South West Rocks also got to triple figures recording 120mm the heaviest daily November rain in over a decade. Elsewhere around the state, Sydney recorded 40mm the heaviest 24 hour rain since June, Norah Head 63mm, the heaviest daily November rain in over two decades and Katoomba 61mm its heaviest daily November rainfall in over a decade.
Winds gusted over 80km/h south of Sydney this morning at Wattamolla. These strong onshore winds will ensure rain continues along coastal areas south of Sydney for much of the day.
Following a couple of months below average rain this system will add moisture to soils and tops up dams for agricultural areas east of the ranges. The rain will also help extinguish fires throughout the state and mitigate the current the fire risk.
The rain and thunderstorms will continue until Wednesday as a slow moving low pressure trough combines with a pool of cold air and moist winds. Enjoy the few days of sunshine from Wednesday as an intense low pressure system is due to form over the state this weekend bringing another wave of heavy rainfall.
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15:55 EST Two teenage girls have been taken to hospital after lightning strikes near their school oval in Sydney's south-west.