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Millions of Aussies are ravaged by hailstones as a dangerous ‘supercell’ storm rages over Sydney

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A dangerous ‘supercell’ storm, preceded by an ominous black sky, has ravaged millions of Australians with torrential rain and hail.

Sydney was devastated by a dramatic storm on Friday night and severe weather warnings remain in effect for various parts of New South Wales after severe thunderstorms ravaged the state.

The storm marked another day of wild weather after a terrifying tornado that wreaked havoc in western NSW.

A dangerous ‘supercell’ storm, preceded by ominous black skies, ravaged millions of Australians with torrential rain and hail that ravaged Sydney

Sydney was devastated by the storm Friday night and severe weather warnings remain in effect for various parts of New South Wales after severe thunderstorms hit several regions

Sydney was devastated by the storm Friday night and severe weather warnings remain in effect for various parts of New South Wales after severe thunderstorms hit several regions

Severe storms hit parts of the east coast of NSW and southeastern Queensland on Friday as a low pressure area poured in from the west.

Conditions were due to clear for a warm and sunny long weekend.

Meanwhile, other parts of the country – including Melbourne, the ACT, Hobart and Perth – can expect rain for days on end, with wet weather continuing into next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned Friday of damaging winds, heavy rain and large hail for parts of inland NSW as a massive weather system continues to plague the region.

A tornado (pictured) swept through central western NSW on Thursday, injuring three people, destroying power lines and damaging homes and trees

Sydneysiders can expect more rain on Friday and Saturday before conditions clear up on Sunday (pictured, a walker in the rain in Sydney on Wednesday)

Sydneysiders can expect more rain on Friday and Saturday before conditions clear up on Sunday (pictured, a walker in the rain in Sydney on Wednesday)

On Thursday, a tornado ripped through central western NSW, injuring three people, breaking power lines and destroying buildings and trees in its path.

The violent storm moved up to 30 km on Thursday afternoon, destroying a home in Meadow Flat in the Bathurst area, while at least one other home along with barns and other buildings were also destroyed in the area.

BOM meteorologist Hugh McDowell said widespread rain and thunderstorms in the state’s interior had peaked Wednesday and Thursday and the weather front was now moving toward the coast.

In Bourke, in the far west of the state, giant hailstones up to five centimeters in diameter were recorded with gusts of up to 85 km/h.

Walgett in northern NSW saw 60mm of rain – double the monthly average for September – in one day, while Canberra saw 38mm of rain, or half the September average.

While most communities will only experience showers or rain in the coming days, some will see more thunderstorms between now and the weekend, he said.

Isolated thunderstorms may develop over central eastern NSW Friday, but many locations will be spared from storm activity.

“But there will be widespread showers in many parts of the state,” he said.

The BOM said people should watch for changes in their areas in the coming days, with warnings of storms, damaging winds, heavy rain and hail.

In Bourke, in the far west of NSW, giant hailstones (pictured) as wide as 5cm wide were recorded.

In Bourke, in the far west of NSW, giant hailstones (pictured) as wide as 5cm wide were recorded.

Queensland and NSW will enjoy balmy temperatures on Sunday and Monday as the storm clears (photo, Sydneysiders soak up the sun at Bondi)

Queensland and NSW will enjoy balmy temperatures on Sunday and Monday as the storm clears (photo, Sydneysiders soak up the sun at Bondi)

Conditions should ease as the trough moves out of the coast, making for a mostly nice long weekend.

“We are looking at drier and cooler conditions that will start to improve from Saturday.

“Sunday looks mostly dry with temperatures above average – even into the 1930s – with fairly warm conditions developing and will remain so until Monday and possibly Tuesday,” said Mr McDowell.

Parts of northern NSW will experience an increased risk of wildfires as low humidity is combined with westerly winds. Residents in those areas are urged to remain alert to warnings from the fire service.

As the weather system moves towards the coast, Sydneysiders can expect a wet Friday with the possibility of a severe thunderstorm in the late morning and afternoon.

The wet weather will continue into the beginning of the weekend, with a few showers on Saturday, before the skies clear up for a warm Sunday with a high of 27C.

A woman snaps a photo of the city's skyline on Thursday as storm clouds gather over Sydney

A woman snaps a photo of the city’s skyline on Thursday as storm clouds gather over Sydney

Brisbane can expect similar conditions with severe storms predicted to saturate the city on Friday evening, putting a risk of damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding.

But the wild weather will ease overnight to give way to a sunny and warm weekend with a maximum of 28C on Saturday and 30C on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Melbourne residents need umbrellas starting next week with showers forecast through Wednesday.

Despite the wet weather, temperatures remain moderate – hovering between the low teens to 21C before diving below 10C from Tuesday for a cooler week.

Darwin will also see some showers on Friday and Saturday with the mercury basking between mid20Cs lows and climbing towards the low 30Cs.

Gloomy weather will dominate the weekend in Canberra, Perth and Hobart, with showers lasting in all three cities through the middle of next week.

Canberrans can expect cooler temperatures in the coming days with minimums below 10C and highs as high as 20C.

It will be slightly warmer in Perth, with highs around 20C, while Hobart will remain cooler with mid-teens peaks.

Adelaide will see sporadic showers over the course of next week, but there will be a slight reprieve over the weekend. On Sunday, showers ease with a high of 19C and a low of 12C before dropping to a cool 9C on Tuesday.

FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY

SYDNEY

FRIDAY: Min 14. Max 24. Shower or two. Possible thunderstorm.

SATURDAY: Min 13. Max 23. Shower or two

SUNDAY: Min 11. Max 27. Partly cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 13. Max 28. Sunny.

TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 23. Mostly sunny.

BRISBANE:

FRIDAY: Min 17. Max 26. Showers. Thunderstorm probably.

SATURDAY: Min 14. Max 28. Sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 15. Max 30. Sunny.

MONDAY: Min 16. Max 33. Sunny.

TUESDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Sunny.

ADELAIDE:

FRIDAY: Min 11. Max 18. Shower or two.

SATURDAY: Min 9. Max 23. Late night shower.

SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 19. The showers are decreasing.

MONDAY: Min 10. Max 16. Showers.

TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Partly cloudy.

PERTH:

FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers. Possible thunderstorm.

SATURDAY: Min 10. Max 20. Showers.

SUNDAY: Min 10. Max 19. Shower or two.

MONDAY: Min 8. Max 20. Shower or two.

TUESDAY: Min 10. Max 18. Showers.

MELBOURNE:

FRIDAY: Min 13. Max 20. A few showers.

SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 18. Shower or two.

SUNDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Showers are forming.

MONDAY: Min 10. Max 18. Rain showers increase.

TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Shower or two.

CANBERRA:

FRIDAY: Min 8. Max 19. Showers. Possible thunderstorm.

SATURDAY: Min 7. Max 19. Showers.

SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 20. Shower or two.

MONDAY: Min 7. Max 18. Shower or two.

TUESDAY: Min 5. Max 13. Shower or two.

DARWIN:

FRIDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Shower or two in development.

SATURDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two.

SUNDAY: Min 26. Max 33. Partly cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 25. Max 33. Partly cloudy.

TUESDAY: Min 25. Max 34. Mostly sunny.

HOBART:

FRIDAY: Min 10. Max 16. Rain.

SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 16. Showers.

SUNDAY: Min 11. Max 17. Showers.

MONDAY Min 10. Max 17. Showers.

TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Shower or two

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