Severe thunderstorms are forecast to impact large swathes of Australia’s east coast today, with footy fans told to prepare for a wet weekend ahead.
Troughs are triggering showers and thunderstorms over parts of Queensland, eastern NSW, the Northern Territory, South Australia and northern and southeast WA.
Some cities, including Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Melbourne, could be in for severe thunderstorm conditions today and over the weekend.
Thunderstorms are classified as severe if they produce one or more of the following:
  • Large hail (2cm in diameter or larger)
  • Giant hail (5cm in diameter or larger)
  • Damaging or destructive wind gusts (generally wind gusts exceeding 90 km/h)
  • Heavy rainfall which may cause flash flooding
  • Tornadoes
Troughs are also maintaining heat across northern Australia, mainly in the northwest.
A dry trough over WA is pushing heat to the coast.
Credit: 9news.com.au

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