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Wet weekend warning as severe thunderstorms are set to bring heavy rains and hail to Sydney 

Sydney has been smashed by hailstones, torrential rain, lightning and devastating winds after a day of extreme heat.

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by The Bureau of Meteorology for Sydney, stretching to the Hunter coasts on Saturday.

High southerly winds and a torrential downfall have already begun to batter parts of the city and is expected to continue overnight. 

Sydneysiders sweltered through 40C heat around midday before temperatures dropped to 24C degrees in less than an hour.

Sydney’s weather took a fast turn on Saturday after a morning of scorching heat heavy showers and thunderstorms erupted over the city

Pedestrians caught in the storm fled for cover as temperatures dropped fast throughout the afternoon

Pedestrians caught in the storm fled for cover as temperatures dropped fast throughout the afternoon

Sydney has been smashed by hailstones, torrential rain, lightning and devastating winds as severe storms move in

Sydney has been smashed by hailstones, torrential rain, lightning and devastating winds as severe storms move in

Most people have been making the most the idyllic summer days with thousands flocking to the city's beaches but the weekend is likely to be a washout

Most people have been making the most the idyllic summer days with thousands flocking to the city’s beaches but the weekend is likely to be a washout

The warm air mixed with a cool change is bringing the stormy weather, Weatherzone meteorologist Lachlan Maher said

The warm air mixed with a cool change is bringing the stormy weather, Weatherzone meteorologist Lachlan Maher said

Sydney has endured above average temperatures in the past week, with the mercury rising to the high 30s most days. 

Most people have been making the most the idyllic summer days with thousands flocking to the city’s beaches but the weekend is likely to be a washout, meteorologists say.

The warm air mixed with a cool change is bringing the stormy weather, Weatherzone meteorologist Lachlan Maher said.

‘Expect it to continue for a bit, there might the odd scattered small thunderstorm lingering until early tomorrow morning west and north of the city.’

A separate system is also moving along the New South Wales coast from the interior of Queensland, he said. 

Quick-thinking punters pulled out their wet weather gear as the storm began to batter the city on Saturday afternoon

Quick-thinking punters pulled out their wet weather gear as the storm began to batter the city on Saturday afternoon

People pulled out their wet weather gear after a morning of sunshine in Sydney  

People pulled out their wet weather gear after a morning of sunshine in Sydney  

Sydneysiders might want to look for somewhere new to visit over the weekend as stormy weather is predicted for the city

Sydneysiders might want to look for somewhere new to visit over the weekend as stormy weather is predicted for the city

High southerly winds and a torrential downfall have already begun to batter parts of the city and it is expected to continue overnight

High southerly winds and a torrential downfall have already begun to batter parts of the city and it is expected to continue overnight

Sydneysiders were enjoying 40 degree heat around midday before temperatures plummeted to 24 degrees in less than an hour

Sydneysiders were enjoying 40 degree heat around midday before temperatures plummeted to 24 degrees in less than an hour

The line of storms is moving across with a low pressure trough, bringing heavy rain and more thunderstorms over the weekend, however, the bulk of those storms will pass quickly. 

Sun-seekers in Sydney will be waiting a few days to lay on the beach again, as once the storms have cleared cooler temperatures are expected.  

Temperatures will sit around the low 20s on Sunday and Monday.

Melbourne has also had some relief from the heat with temperatures dropping significantly to 20C on Saturday.

Melburians have been enduring 42C heat, forcing emergency services to issue a total fire ban as they try to keep bushfires under control. 

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by The Bureau of Meteorology for Sydney, stretching to the Hunter coasts on Saturday

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued by The Bureau of Meteorology for Sydney, stretching to the Hunter coasts on Saturday

Wet weekend warning as severe thunderstorms are set to bring heavy rains, blustering winds and hail to Sydney

The line of storms is moving across with a low pressure trough bringing heavy rain and more thunder over the weekend, however, the bulk of those storms will pass quickly

The line of storms is moving across with a low pressure trough bringing heavy rain and more thunder over the weekend, however, the bulk of those storms will pass quickly

Sydneysiders went from being soaked in sweat to drenched by rain in under an hour on Saturday 

Sydneysiders went from being soaked in sweat to drenched by rain in under an hour on Saturday 

Throughout the week temperature will continue to creep up, edging to the high 20s in the middle of the week. 

The Bureau has forecast 36C for Hobart and Campania and Brighton in the state’s southeast are expected to soar to 39C. 

Brisbane sits at 30C or 31C for the whole next week with the occasional smattering of rain, but mostly a bit of cloud just hanging around.  

Perth is pinned to experience its usual, hot summer weather, going from 28C on Saturday and 35C on Sunday where it will stay in to next week.

Canberra is expected to reach 38C on Friday and 34C on Saturday before dropping to 28C for Sunday. 

Adelaide is forecast to experience mostly sunny conditions over the weekend ranging from temperatures in the mid 20s to the low 30s.  

Darwin is forecast for 33C over the weekend with the possibility of storms.

While some were prepared for the downpour, others were not so lucky. The wet weather is expected to last overnight

While some were prepared for the downpour, others were not so lucky. The wet weather is expected to last overnight

Sun-lovers have been flocking to Sydney's famous Bondi Beach all week as temperatures tipped to the high 30s but storms will put an end to that this weekend

Sun-lovers have been flocking to Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach all week as temperatures tipped to the high 30s but storms will put an end to that this weekend

THREE-DAY WEATHER FORECAST:

SYDNEY     

SUNDAY: Min 21, Max 25, Shower or two

MONDAY: Min 20, Max 25, Shower or two

TUESDAY: Min 21, Max 28, Shower or two

CANBERRA 

SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 28, Shower or two

MONDAY: Min 13, Max 28, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 16, Max 29, Shower or two

PERTH     

SUNDAY: Min 20, Max 37, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 21, Max 36, Sunny

TUESDAY: Min 20, Max 36, Sunny

BRISBANE    

SUNDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 22, Max 31, Morning shower or two

TUESDAY: Min 21, Max 30, Possible shower

MELBOURNE    

SUNDAY: Min 14, Max 23, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 14, Max 26, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 16, Max 27, Partly cloudy

ADELAIDE     

SUNDAY: Min 13, Max 28, Sunny

MONDAY: Min 14, Max 31, Mostly sunny

TUESDAY: Min 15, Max 30, Sunny

HOBART  

SUNDAY: Min 13, Max 23, Partly cloudy

MONDAY: Min 12, Max 24, Partly cloudy

TUESDAY: Min 14, Max 25, Late shower or two

DARWIN   

SUNDAY: Min 27, Max 33, Shower or two. Storm likely

MONDAY: Min 26, Max 34, Shower or two. Possible storm

TUESDAY: Min 27, Max 34, Shower or two. Possible storm

 Source: Bureau of Meterology

 

 

 

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