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Cold front hits parts of Adelaide metropolitan area, bringing hail and rain

Tuesday May 19, 2020 - 21:46 EST
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Hail fell across parts of Adelaide, including at Magill, east of the CBD. - ABC

A sudden cold front moving from the coast and across parts of Adelaide's metropolitan area has produced "significant amounts" of hail, along with thunderstorms.

Hail stones of about one centimetre were photographed in backyards as the front moved from Outer Harbor and Largs North, northwest of the Adelaide metropolitan area, and across to the eastern suburbs of Medindie and Norwood.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) South Australia's Tom Boeck said a dramatic drop in temperature was likely the cause, after Adelaide recorded a maximum temperature of 22.2 degrees Celsius just before 2:30pm.

"We had a relatively mild day today, but we've had this change move in from the west," he said.

"There's been some thunderstorms and hail associated with that particular system."

Mr Boeck said while the hail — which is "quite typical" for late Autumn — wasn't particularly large, "there was a reasonable amount of it".

"Certainly significant amounts of hail have occurred in these showers," he said.

"From our radar images, the hail producing area seemed to move down through Outer Harbor, and then down through the northern and eastern districts of the metro areas."

Mr Boeck said the BOM expected further showers to continue this evening, with a likelihood of showers and thunderstorms in agricultural areas of the state.

The front is expected to ease off by Wednesday morning, before another front, bringing showers, develops along the state's southern coastal areas and agricultural areas in the afternoon.

The BOM has issued two weather warnings — one for sheep graziers and a marine wind warning.

Sheep graziers are warned to be prepared for showers and "strong and gusty winds" in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Upper South East, Lower South East, Kangaroo Island, southern parts of the Yorke Peninsula and elevated parts of the Mid North.

"There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions," the warning states.

The marine wind warning is current as strong winds are predicted in the Adelaide metropolitan waters, Central Coast, South Central Coast, Spencer Gulf, Gulf St Vincent, Investiagtor Strait, Upper South East Coast and Lower South East Coast.

Gale warnings have been issued for the South Central Coast and Lower South East Coast on Wednesday.

The cold front comes a few weeks after , which included .

More than 90 millimetres of rain fell across Adelaide that month.


© ABC 2020

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