A Tale Of Two Australias: Both Heat And Hail Forecast This Weekend
Some parts of the country are in for a heatwave this weekend, while others will be smashed by rain. Here's what is forecast for your area.
VICTORIA: Rain And Hail
The Bureau of Meteorology issued thunderstorm warnings for parts of Victoria on Friday, with heavy rainfall and large hailstones predicted.
The warnings were issued for Central, Mallee, South West, North Central, West and South Gippsland, Wimmera and parts of East Gippsland, Northern Country and North East districts.
The warnings made for a grim picture on Friday's weather map:
Storms were also predicted on both Saturday and Sunday across large parts of Victoria, including the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne and Geelong areas.
QUEENSLAND: Storms In The South East, Heatwave In The North
Thunderstorm warnings were also issued for Queensland's southeast and far north from Friday.
But while these areas of Queensland will be inundated with water heading into the weekend, the northwest of the state will be hit with a heatwave.
NT AND WA: Heatwave
The extreme heat will spread across the Northern Territory and into Western Australia.
The hot conditions are expected to last the weekend.
Temperatures will peak on Saturday, with Queensland's Mount Isa hitting 44C, Borroloola in the NT reaching the same while Tennant Creek can expect a 45C scorcher.
Large parts of Central Queensland, the NT and WA will also experience temperatures in the low 40s.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Hot Temperatures
South Australia, as well as parts of NSW and Victoria, can expect temperatures in the high 30s as the heatwave blankets parts of the country.
SOUTHERN NSW: Storms In The South
Southern NSW is also set to be hit by storms, with areas surrounding Wentworth and Tumbarumba warned of possible of hail.
"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding over the next several hours in parts of the South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory districts," BOM said on Friday.
"Locations which may be affected include Mount Ginini, Perisher Valley, Charlotte Pass, Thredbo, Cabramurra and Selwyn."
EAST COAST NSW: Storms And High Winds
Lord Howe Island will experience a second blow from ex-cyclone Uesi after escaping severe damage on Thursday night.
Uesi passed directly across the island, located off the NSW mid-north coast, bringing winds with gusts of up to 154 kilometres per hour and leaving behind a trail of fallen trees, blocked roads and damaged buildings.
The storm is due to pass over waters off Sydney late on Friday and early Saturday, bringing dangerous surf conditions.
A hazardous surf warning is in place for much of the NSW coast and for the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans Bay and Eden on Saturday. Surf Life Saving NSW warned rock fishers, boaters, surfers and swimmers to stay away from the water.
"If people don't heed emergency service warnings and put themselves in danger in these extreme conditions, it's possible that lifesavers will not be able to save them," lifesaving director Joel Wiseman said in a statement.
Some beaches may be closed on the weekend due to the large swell, poor water quality and large amounts of debris in the water.
Ausgrid has restored power to more than 125,000 customers in NSW since last weekend's storms. About 13,000 homes are still without power with the power company aiming to have the network fully restored by Sunday.
Feature Image: Bureau of Meteorology