Beach beckons as heat warning issued
Severe thunderstorms bringing the potential for large hailstones, heavy rainfall and damaging wind continue to pose a threat to the Newcastle region although a similar warning for Sydney has now been cancelled.
Areas that may be affected include Newcastle, Cessnock, Maitland, Glen Innes, Dorrigo and Walcha, the Bureau of Meteorology said in a statement.
A warning for severe thunderstorms remains in place for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter and Northern Tablelands forecast districts, the bureau said.
Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the metropolitan Sydney, Illawarra and Central Tablelands districts and the alert for those regions has been withdrawn.
Weatherzone: Sydney radar
Earlier bureau warnings covered the Sydney, Illawarra and the Southern Tablelands districts.
There are “good amounts of instability” right along eastern NSW, with low-level heat and high humidity, Rebecca Kamitakahara, a bureau forecaster, said.
“It’s definitely quite possible – particularly tomorrow – that we will see some thunderstorm activity in similar areas that we have seen today,” Ms Kamitakahara said. Down comes a frenzy of hail up north #illawarra#coalcoastpic.twitter杭州龙凤论坛m/w4Z7vYIdva— Ben Langford (@BenLang44) January 11, 2016
Similar conditions are likely to persist into Wednesday and Thursday, with a build-up of heat and humidity through the day.
The State Emergency Service advises that people in affected areas should take steps to move their cars under cover or away from trees.
Among other actions, they should also keep clear of fallen power lines and avoid using their phones during the storm.