Australia’s east coast prepares for MORE severe thunderstorms this week after TORNADO


Australia will be hit by another week of wild weather with rain and thunderstorms to batter the east coast. 

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting rain for almost every day this week for Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

Soaked locals only got to enjoy a couple of days of sunshine after enduring a week of hail, damaging winds, and even tornadoes.

Tuesday is likely to bring supercell thunderstorms similar to those that rocked Sydney on Thursday night and caused a tornado in Armidale in the NSW tablelands. 

The aftermath of a tornado which tore through the NSW city of Armidale on Thursday (pictured) leaving residents with a huge cleanup over the weekend

The Bureau is expecting close to 50mm of rain to be dumped over southeast Queensland in the first half of this week as an upper-level trough moves east across the state.

Monday and Tuesday will bring thunderstorms to Brisbane with damaging winds, heavy rain and hail possible.

Temperatures will reach the high 20s and the showers are forecast to continue until Saturday but should clear by Sunday. 

Sydney can expect fine weather on Monday with a high of 25C, similar to Sunday’s temperatures. 

But by Tuesday afternoon, showers are likely to develop with the possibility of severe thunderstorms like the supercell that ripped through Sydney on Thursday evening. 

More rain is expected this week with Tuesday evening likely to see thunderstorms across much of the NSW coast (pictured)

More rain is expected this week with Tuesday evening likely to see thunderstorms across much of the NSW coast (pictured) 

Pack and umbrella: Showers are expected in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth over the next week

Pack and umbrella: Showers are expected in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth over the next week 

Damaging winds are also likely, leading to concerns another tornado could develop after regional NSW was battered by two in the last two weeks.

On Thursday a tornado hit about 11pm in the northern tablelands.

Armidale locals reported cars were flipped over by the wild twister, roofs were torn off houses, and powerlines exploded and were torn from the ground.

Power cuts plunged 4,000 households in the area into darkness, with locals sharing images of golf ball-sized hail stones.

One Armidale resident reported a close call with a gum tree that had been uprooted, smashing into a backyard shed wedged between her caravan and house.

And two weeks earlier on September 30 a huge twister ripped through Meadow Flat, which is between Lithgow and Bathurst.

Three people were injured and there were reports of damage to houses, powerlines and trees around the Clear Creek area, north north-east of Bathurst.

Along with the damaging winds and horizontal rain, residents also reported large hailstones as the tornado swept through the community.

Cladding was ripped from the roofs of houses after a tornado struck Armidale on Thursday night (pictured)

Scraps of metal wrapped around electricity poles from strong violent winds (pictured)

Cladding was ripped from the roofs of houses after a tornado struck Armidale on Thursday night (pictured)

The Bureau of Meteorology said more rain and strong winds was expected for the east coast this week but should clear by the weekend

The Bureau of Meteorology said more rain and strong winds was expected for the east coast this week but should clear by the weekend 

Sydney was battered by a huge storm last Thursday with another expected on Tuesday evening (pictured: Bondi in August)

Sydney was battered by a huge storm last Thursday with another expected on Tuesday evening (pictured: Bondi in August)

Weatherzone forecaster Duncan Tippins said spring was the peak season for tornados. 

‘Australia doesn’t have as many thunderstorms as places like the plains of the USA, but when we have thunderstorm outbreaks like we do in spring, we are more likely to see a tornado event than at other times of the year,’ he said.

Mr Tippens said supercell storms are needed to cause tornados – these are formed when a thunderstorm rotates as winds flow in different directions at different heights. 

He said there was not enough data available to comment on whether tornados were becoming more common in Australia.

The rain is likely to set in on Wednesday for Sydney but should ease by Thursday though the cooler temperatures will remain into the weekend and some scattered showers are expected. 

Melbourne will also get some of the wet weather though not as heavy as further north with showers likely on each day this week with the exception of Wednesday which is looking mostly sunny.

Over on the west coast, Perth can expect similar weather to the east with showers to set in for the week, though the temperature will be cooler with maximums around 20C. 

Resident in Clear Creek near Bathurst were stunned on September 30 as a twister tore a path of destruction (pictured) just metres from their houses

Resident in Clear Creek near Bathurst were stunned on September 30 as a twister tore a path of destruction (pictured) just metres from their houses 

THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY THIS WEEK 

PERTH

Monday Mostly sunny. Min 10 Max 25

Tuesday Showers. Possible storm. Min 13 Max 20

Wednesday Showers easing. Min 12 Max 20

Thursday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 21

MELBOURNE

Monday Shower or two developing. Min 11 Max 19

Tuesday Possible light shower. Min 9 Max 18

Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 23

Thursday Shower or two developing. Min 13 Max 24

HOBART

Monday Showers developing. Min 9 Max 16

Tuesday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 13

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 16

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 23

CANBERRA

Monday Mostly sunny. Min 4 Max 21

Tuesday Showers. Min 8 Max 18

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 20

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 22

 

BRISBANE

Monday Showers. Possible storm. Min 15 Max 27

Tuesday Showers. Possible storm. Min 16 Max 27

Wednesday Shower or two. Min 15 Max 25

Thursday Possible shower. Min 15 Max 26

DARWIN

Monday Possible shower or storm. Min 26 Max 35

Tuesday Possible shower or storm. Min 27 Max 35

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 27 Max 35

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 27 Max 35

ADELAIDE

MondayCloud clearing.Min12Max24

TuesdaySunny.Min9Max25

WednesdayPartly cloudy.Min14Max30

Thursday Shower or two. Min 15Max 22

SYDNEY

Monday Sunny. Min 11 Max 25

Tuesday Shower or two. Min 14 Max 23

Wednesday Showers. Min 12 Max 21

Thursday Shower or two. Min 14 Max 23

 

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