‘Nasty’: Severe thunderstorms on the way for parts of Sydney

Greater Sydney is set to have a wet end to a scorching Australia Day public holiday with severe thunderstorms to hit the city.

Thousands headed to the cities beaches on Thursday, but the day will end with severe storms hitting parts of Western Sydney, Hornsby, Terry Hills, Avalon Beach and Gosford in the late afternoon, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Greater parts of Wollongong could also be affected, with the warning area for wet and wild weather stretching along the NSW coast.

Parts of western Sydney and Gosford are set to be hit by severe thunderstorms this afternoon.
Camera IconParts of western Sydney and Gosford are set to be hit by severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Credit: Supplied
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 26, 2023: Massive crowds are pictured at Sydney's Maroubra Beach as they celebrate Australia Day 2023 in the summer sun. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconSydneysiders were keen to enjoy the warm weather before the storms rolled in at around 4pm NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: NCA NewsWire
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 26, 2023: Massive crowds are pictured at Sydney's Maroubra Beach as they celebrate Australia Day 2023 in the summer sun. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconThousands were drawn to the sand on the public holiday to soak up the sun. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: NCA NewsWire
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 26, 2023: Massive crowds are pictured at Sydney's Maroubra Beach as they celebrate Australia Day 2023 in the summer sun. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconThe hot weather also drove Sydneysiders into the water to cool off. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: NCA NewsWire

The storms are expected to bring “giant hailstones, damaging winds and heavy rainfall”, according to the BOM.

The wild weather will drive home the thousands of people who have flocked to Sydney’s beaches to enjoy the sun on the Australia Day public holiday.

In parts of Sydney, the mercury peaked over 30C degrees, with Penrith reaching 35C and Parramatta reaching 33C.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 26, 2023: Massive crowds are pictured at Sydney's Maroubra Beach as they celebrate Australia Day 2023 in the summer sun. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconThere were plenty of controversial Cool Cabanas down at the water. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: NCA NewsWire
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NewsWire Photos JANUARY 26, 2023: Massive crowds are pictured at Sydney's Maroubra Beach as they celebrate Australia Day 2023 in the summer sun. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar
Camera IconA storm approaches as massive crowds are pictured at Sydney’s Maroubra Beach as they celebrate Australia Day 2023 in the summer sun. NCA NewsWire / Nicholas Eagar Credit: NCA NewsWire

The hot weather drove plenty of Sydneysiders to the beach where it was slightly cooler, at only 27C degrees in Manly.

However, the upcoming storms are the “big story” of the day according to Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe.

“From the NSW southern ranges all the way up into southern Queensland we have the potential for severe storms today and the worst of them will probably be near this southerly change,” he said.

“So the Illawarra and Greater Sydney, they’re probably two of the target zones for severe storms that could turn into severe super cell storms near that southerly change pushing northwards.”

“We’re watching a southerly change run through NSW and just ahead of it we’re looking at some nasty thunderstorms.”

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