Hail almost as large as tennis balls could strike across eastern Australia next week as severe thunderstorms are predicted.
The east coast is likely to be lashed by heavy rain, damaging winds, lightning and hail, according to a forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology.
“This is peak storm season,” meteorologist Dean Narramore said.
Heavy storms that saw 5cm-wide hail fall in one Queensland town over the weekend will likely continue top pop up.
“We have severe storms possible on Monday along the east coast of Queensland, with hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall pretty much from Townsville to Brisbane,” Mr Narramore said.
“Tuesday we’ll see those storms increase and move into southeast Queensland and northeast NSW.”
Those living in Sydney can expect the storms to hit on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the peak predicted for Wednesday.
Thursday will be quieter before the storms return on Friday and into the weekend in southeastern Australia.
The predicted tempestuous conditions will be a continuation of storm systems that pelted the east over the past few days. Surat, Queensland, saw five centimetre hail over the weekend, and some suburbs in south Brisbane saw 97mm of rainfall, with 59mm falling in just 20 minutes.
The town of Richmond in northern Queensland experienced 111km/h winds on Saturday.
“We’ll likely see things like that again across parts of Queensland; it’s starting to pop up now on our radar,” Mr Narramore said.
“Those severe thunderstorms coming this week could bring hail that’s getting up to the size of a baseball or tennis ball.”
NEW SOUTH WALES AND ACT
NSW will cop a wet week, especially in the eastern parts, with showers and possible storms predicted right through the week and into the weekend.
Midweek will see the greatest chance of severe thunderstorms, with hail, damaging winds and rain.
Much of the state will have a cool start to the week with temperatures from 15 to 18 degrees. Those temperatures will start to increase later in the week and approach low to mid-20s in the southern parts of the state, and low 30s in the north.
Queensland will see similar conditions to its southern neighbour, with possible thunderstorms across the coast and in the tropical north in the early part of the week.
By midweek, the storms will ease, only to come back again by Thursday and through the weekend, according to the forecast.
Temperatures will be slightly below average, with low 30s in the south and high 30s in the north by the start of the week. Later towards the weekend, the south will see low 30s and the north will see temperatures closer to 40 degrees, especially further from the coast.
The Northern Territory will be hit by some of that stormy weather, especially across the northern half of the territory where heavy rainfall and lightning strikes are possible.
Those thunderstorms will ease, except for in the top end, as the weekend approaches.
Temperatures will be in the mid 20s in the southern part, and mid 30s in the north by the start of the week. Later on the whole territory will get temperatures in the mid 30s.
Western Australia will be hot, dry and sunny, with possible thunderstorms in the inland areas. Those parts of the state will also experience severe fire dangers as grass and shrub land risk burning.
Temperatures will be in the mid to high 30s, up to the low 40s, in the inland parts throughout the week. The southwest and southern parts of the state are expected to see temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s.
South Australia will have a fine and partly cloudy start to the week. As the weekend approaches, those conditions could give way to showers across the state’s southern parts.
Temperatures will be a bit cooler than what is normal for this time of the year, with average temperatures in the high teens to low 20s in the south, and high 20s to low 30s in the north.
Later on, it will warm up a bit to low 20s in the south and low 30s in the north.
Victoria will be cool and cloudy with some showers expected throughout the week. Those isolated showers will become more widespread as the week progresses. From Thursday onwards, there is risk of storms across much of the state.
The alpine region could even see some light snowfall of up to 5cm.
The beginning of the week will be cold with temperatures from 12C to 18C. Later in the week, the state will warm up to temperatures in the high teens in the south, and low to mid 20s in the north.
Tasmania will have a quiet week with some light showers on the east coast, and more widespread rain across the state later on in the week.
Early on there could be some morning frost as temperatures sit below average for this time of the year.
The state will generally be pretty chilly with temperatures from around nine degrees up to the low teens.