Thunderstorms set to hit NSW with a bang this week

THUNDERSTORMS can be expected every day this week across parts of NSW, as storm season kicks into top gear.

That's the advisory issued this morning by weather forecasters.

"The week's storm outbreak began during the weekend and continued yesterday as storms fired up over the central and northern ranges," The Weather Channel's Senior Meteorologist Tom Saunders said.

"Areas which received the heaviest rain from yesterday's storms include; Murrurundi with 34mm, Narrabri 16mm and the town's heaviest rain in three months, Cessnock 10mm and Scone 10mm.

The storm outbreak will peak today with widespread thunderstorms set to occur across most of the state.

"Severe storms are likely this afternoon which could include Sydney, due to an ideal mix of atmospheric instability, moisture and wind shear," Mr Saunders said.  

"The storms are likely to cause severe weather over the south-east quarter of the state including; very heavy rain which could trigger flash flooding, large hail and gale force winds.

"Thunderstorms will again develop over NSW on Wednesday, with severe storms possible along the slopes and ranges.

"On Thursday thunderstorms will contract mainly to the ranges but a new bout of storms will develop across southern NSW on Friday and Saturday before spreading to northern NSW on Sunday.

The NSW storm season typically runs from September to mid autumn with Sydney's peak frequency in November, when the city averages four days of thunder. 



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