Hail, heat and tornadoes … and there’s worse to come!

Published: October 26, 2021

Grey nomads who have endured hailstones, searing heat, and tornadoes in the past week or so are being warned … “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Meteorologists are forecasting a ‘wild change’ to the weather in the country’s south and east as the week progresses.

Sydney and Brisbane could see temperatures of up to 35C, Melbourne could be lashed by torrential rain, and snow could hits parts of Victoria and Tasmania.

And Sky weatherman Rob Sharpe who also warned there could be ‘hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes’ over the coming days due to powerful winds and a various low-pressure systems.

“The presence of these low-pressure systems in southern Australia and the Great Australian Bight will create a dangerous thunderstorm environment to the north of them because the winds through the atmosphere will be powerful,” he told news.com.au. “The combination of hot weather at the surface and powerful cold winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere will create fast-moving and dangerous storms.”

And Mr Sharpe said that would mean hundreds of thousands of lightning strikes in South Australia, Victoria and NSW between Wednesday and Friday, with many of the severe storms also binging damaging wind gusts.

Initially though, it’s likely to be Queensland and Western Australia where the action is, with a supercell thunderstorm possibly striking in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of the Sunshine State later today.

  • Have your travels been affected by recent changeable weather conditions? How do you protect your rig if you hear large hailstones are forecast where you are … or do you just cross your fingers? Comment below.
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