Entire East Coast Under Thunderstorm Warning With 'Dangerous' Weather Predicted
Severe storms are set to batter much of NSW and Victoria on Tuesday afternoon, with nearly the entire coastline under a red warning for damaging weather.
Queensland is also in for a battering, with thunderstorms possible for nearly the whole state.
"We could have some very dangerous thunderstorms there with very large hail, damaging winds and very heavy rainfall", Dean Narramore of the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The Bureau released a storm warning for much of NSW on Tuesday, advising of the possibility of severe storms for a wide swathe of the state from the Queensland border to Victoria.
Moree in the north, down to Tumbarumba in the south, and east along the entire coastline -- save for a small patch on the far north coast -- has been coloured red, indicating 'severe thunderstorms likely'.
The rest of the state's eastern and central regions have been warned that severe thunderstorms are "possible". Only the region west of Cobar and Griffith has been spared from the warning.
Continuing down the coast, Victoria's coastal region from the NSW border, through Melbourne and west to Bacchus Marsh is also facing a 'likely' severe thunderstorms.
Nearly the entire Victorian state, except a small pocket in the north-western corner, has been warned of possible storms on Tuesday.
The BOM said the main focus for thunderstorm activity in NSW will be the Illawarra region, through Sydney, and up towards the Central Coast. The NSW State Emergency Service warned residents to brace for "large hail, damaging winds and heavy rain."
Some places could receive up to 50 millimetres of rain, while other areas could miss out altogether, the BOM said.
Those in Queensland are also being told to look out for storms on Tuesday. The warning is not as dire as those issued in NSW and Victoria, but the northern tip of the state and a region along the NSW border has been classified as a 'possible' severe thunderstorm zone. Thunderstorms may also develop in other parts of the state.
The BOM additionally issued a strong wind warning for the Eden area, on the NSW south coast, for Tuesday. The same warning is in place for Wednesday for the south, central and north coast regions, including the Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.
The storm activity will shift more to central and northern NSW on Wednesday with the wet weather clearing later in the week. But the recurring rain doesn't mean the heat won't return.
"We can get quite a few heatwaves and bursts of heat as we get into March," Narramore said on Tuesday.
The NSW SES warned people to follow storm safety information, such as securing loose items that could be blown around yards, cleaning gutters and downpipes, maintaining nearby trees, and listening to local safety advice.
"If you require emergency assistance during storms and floods, call the NSW SES on 132 500. If the situation is life-threatening, call Triple Zero (000)," the SES said.