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Post by tigergirlz » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 1:26 pm

Are storms on the horizon?

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Post by Juro » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 1:29 pm

Thunderstorms forecast for peak hour

Sydney commuters looking for an excuse to end the working week early may have one, with potentially severe thunderstorms headed for the city this afternoon.

The storms will approach the city from the southwest and reach the central business district "probably close to peak hour" or sooner, said Ben Domensino, a senior meteorologist at Weatherzone.

"Thunderstorms are likely to develop in the afternoon and have a risk of becoming severe, with potential for large hailstones, damaging winds and brief heavy downpours," Mr Domensino said. Eastern suburbs, though, may be spared the worst of the storms.

"Certainly the conditions are there for (the storms) to be severe," said Peter Zmijewski, a senior meteorologist at the weather bureau. Late afternoon is the most likely period for such conditions to develop, he said.
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The wild end to the week comes after temperatures in the city climbed above 30 degrees by late this morning. That's the highest since the mercury reached 45.8 degrees on January 18, a record for Sydney.

Today's storms may dissipate into scattered showers by 7pm or soon after, as they move north and west, Mr Domensino said.

Rainfall should be in the 5-10mm range, although some regions on or west of the ranges may see totals of 30mm or more.

Wet start to Easter

While Sydney should see the recent run of mild daytime temperatures continue well into next week, another weather trough should bring a burst of showers and cooler conditions by Good Friday, Mr Domensino said.

That front looks likely to be strong enough to dislodge an unusually warm air mass over central Australia, and finally bring an end to the prolonged summer conditions over much of the country.

While Sydney has gone two months without a day of 30 degrees, Melbourne has had five days of 35 degrees or more in March alone, and may have a sixth one next Tuesday. The city would normally see just one such day in an average March.

Nationally, many heat records have been broken since November, including the hottest summer on record.

WA's Onslow Airport on Thursday broke one of the more obscure ones, with its reading of 45.6 degrees setting a new late-season heat record. Roebourne Airport, also in the Pilbara, broke that record on Wednesday and was already 37.6 degrees shortly after 9am, local time, on Friday, according to the weather bureau's website.
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Post by slm9 » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 3:51 pm

Let's hope so!
Today's storms may dissipate into scattered showers by 7pm or soon after, as they move north and west, Mr Domensino said.

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Post by softlaw » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 4:14 pm

sod off. Living south of canberra the last game I went to was us v Canberra last season. Wettest game of football i've EVER been to/ played in etc. From walking into the oval before kickoff in the 20's onwards.
Now in a motel room in sydney all keen and ready to head up for the 20's and looks like i'll get soaked watching the 20's here too. Hopefully clear by 1sts though.
btw - for all you Sydney locals - it's so freaking humid here, how do you put up with it?
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Post by Wacko Jacko » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 4:16 pm

Just starting to rain at Ryde, going to hit Leichhardt Oval within 5 minutes


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Post by tigergirlz » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 4:39 pm

Just pulled up near the ground. Waiting in the car for the rain to ease. Didn't bring an umbrella

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Post by fulleightyminutes » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 4:41 pm

HAILING in Earlwood. Tigergirlz - sometimes they have brollies in Lost Property at Leichhardt pool. Might even be able to buy one, can't remember.

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Post by Gotoddy » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 4:42 pm

Just had a little bit of hail in Leichhardt. Hope this storm passes over quickly.

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Post by Juro » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 5:06 pm

Looks like the storm was short and sweet. It has passed in the city. Hopefully not much more to follow.
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Post by tigergirlz » Fri 22 Mar, 2013 5:12 pm

At the ground now. Not raining

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