Stormy weather expected to stay until early next week

Stormy weather expected to stay until early next week

Reprieve from the stormy weather that brought hail and heavy rain to Canberra on Saturday is still some way off, with the unstable conditions forecast to continue until at least Monday.

Several storm cells passed over Canberra on Saturday, dumping 14.2mm of rain on the city between 9am and 8pm.

A storm hits the National Arboretum on Saturday afternoon.

A storm hits the National Arboretum on Saturday afternoon.

Photo: Rohan Thomson

The most severe of the storms brought hail to much of the city in the early evening, though no major damage was reported at the time of publication.

The roads remained relatively clear during the same period, with no major crashes reported during any of the storms.

Cricket games were washed out, while Canberra Cavalry's game against Adelaide Bite was delayed as the hail pelted Narrabundah Ballpark.


The Emergency Services Agency reported 50 calls for help to ACT Fire and Rescue and the SES as of 8am Sunday, with both fire crews and SES volunteers sent to assist with minor damage repairs.

The callouts were fewer than the 37 on Friday, and well below the more than 500 calls made during a hailstorm that struck the southern suburbs on Monday night.

Power outages affected Red Hill and Griffith in the afternoon and early evening, but these were not as extensive as the blackouts across the northern suburbs on Friday.

Similar weather was reported at Goulburn, with 24mm of rain recorded during the same period.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects a medium chance of showers to continue on Sunday, though the threat of thunderstorms will be less severe than on Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures will also be slightly cooler, with a high of 23 degrees on Sunday, though the mercury will rise back to 25 degrees on Monday.

The cause is a complex trough over south-eastern NSW and the ACT, which is expected to slowly head east over the next two days.

The low pressure system will move offshore between Monday night and Tuesday morning, stabilising weather in the region.

Conditions are forecast to ease by Tuesday morning, though a thunderstorm is still possible on Monday afternoon or evening.

While the current trough is unpredictable, it is not expected to generate storms of the same intensity as Monday night's, when two Tuggeranong women were taken to hospital and thousands of insurance claims were lodged.

Before Saturday's scattered storms, the ACT had received about 75mm of rain, well above the January average of 57mm.

For emergency help in floods or storms, contact the ACT SES on 132 500, while damaged power lines can be reported on 13 10 94.

Stephen Jeffery

Stephen Jeffery is a reporter for The Canberra Times

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