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Canberra warned to brace for thunderstorms, chance of hail

Dominic Giannini16 July 2021
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Storms clouds gathering over Canberra this morning. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Canberrans are in for a wet start to the weekend, with thunderstorms expected this morning and into the afternoon, and the chance of hail.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has also been issued today (16 July) for parts of the Southern Tablelands north-east and east of Canberra, including Goulburn and Braidwood.

According to the warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), winds averaging 60 to 70 km/h, with gusts over 90 km/h, are possible from this afternoon.

The damaging winds are due to a deep low-pressure system south of the bight, which is slowly moving east over the next couple of days, the BOM said.

“A series of troughs and cold fronts associated with this low are forecast to cross southeast Australia during this period, bringing a vigorous west to northwesterly airflow to the region, particularly today and Saturday,” it said.

Bureau of Meteorology weather map

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for parts of the Southern Tablelands. Photo: BOM.

The wet weather in Canberra is expected to hang around tomorrow, with showers and a chance of another thunderstorm before clearing up slightly on Sunday.

Temperatures will struggle to hit double digits over the weekend. A top of 10 degrees is forecast today, 8 degrees tomorrow and 11 on Sunday.

There is also a chance of showers on Monday and Tuesday, with maximums of 10 and minimums of between -1 and 1 degrees, respectively.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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