A severe thunderstorm warning has been lifted after parts of Sydney’s west were hit by hailstorms.
Meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology Bradley Wood said lingering wet weather was expected to head offshore overnight.
“By the time we come to around midnight, nearly all the storms in NSW will be off the coast,” he said. “We wouldn’t expect any more hail that happened in the western suburbs to continue in that regard.”
While all the rain will likely be gone for the weekend, Wood said it would be windy across Sydney due to gusty westerly winds coming through on Saturday and Sunday.
“They will continue into Sunday, but then by the time we get back into Monday and Tuesday, it will actually be pretty good weather, back into the low 20s and mostly nothing too much to worry about,” Wood said.
Weatherzone meteorologist James Rout said there was a low-pressure system around Victoria had led to the thunderstorms over parts of NSW – particularly in the north-west slopes and plains.
The storms moved across the state on Friday afternoon, impacting Greater Sydney, the Sutherland Shire and the CBD.
Sydney Airport was bracing for one of its busiest times of the year, expecting more than 120,000 people to pass through this weekend. While operations were running as usual, severe thunderstorms could affect the airport later in the day.
Most of the Sydney region will experience a high of 24 degrees, with a high chance of rain. Even so, many will brave the weather for the Royal Easter Show, which opened yesterday.
For the rest of the Easter weekend, it will be mostly sunny and temperatures will remain warm with the city to see 25 degrees on Saturday, 21 degrees on Sunday and 20 degrees on Monday. Parramatta will see similar temperatures with 25 degrees on Saturday, and 20 degrees on Sunday and Monday.
The rainy weather that’s lingered over the country for the past three years, driven by the La Nina, will finally draw to a close in the coming months as an El Nino weather pattern looks likely to occur. These weather events cause drier conditions, warmer temperatures and increased risk of fire.
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