The wild weather that caused sudden floods and brought a lot of welcome rain will continue today and over the weekend for south-east Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, before a supercell provides a large rain event on Monday.
Victorians who prayed for rain received their prayers on Wednesday when a major storm brought lightning and filled the water indicators with more than a month of rain in parts.
The same storm brought heavy rains to the north. Canberra had a heavy storm, as did the NSW coast from Wollongong to Newcastle.
Thousands of lightning strikes cause power outages in over 9,000 homes in the Hunter region.
Experts say more rain will rain on Friday, but the storm brings strong winds, which means there is a real risk that trees damaged by fire will fall.
Sydneysiders should expect showers and thunderstorms in the morning with a 25mm chance before it clears up and calm conditions arrive.
But the calm won’t last long. By the weekend, a major weather system will impact people in Victoria, southern Australia and parts of New South Wales.
Sky News chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said there may even be potential “super cell storms”.
“By Monday, a low pressure shutdown system will bring widespread heavy rains and we could witness widespread extended weather conditions with damage from wind gusts, further floods and we could even see supercell storms,” said Saunders.
“So there will be a big rain.”
Wet weather will not only affect the southeast. Brisbane will experience showers until next week.
The same goes for Townsville, Cairns and up to Darwin.
Melbourne is expected to be mostly dry on Friday, but the Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the haze of smoke that enveloped the city earlier this week will return on Saturday.