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Australia Hazy like Sunday morning: Bushfires bring thick smog to Sydney as freak storms lash Queensland sparking flash floods and giant hailstones

02:51  15 december  2019
02:51  15 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

'Hazardous' blanket of haze hangs over Sydney

  'Hazardous' blanket of haze hangs over Sydney Sydneysiders have woken up to another morning of toxic smoke hanging over the city, with NSW environment authorities warning of poor air quality for Tuesday. Commuters heading into Sydney's CBD have been greeted with a skyline, harbour bridge and the iconic tower shrouded in haze. Over the past 24 hours, Richmond, St Mary's and Rouse Hill in Sydney's north-west all recorded hazardous levels of ultra-fine PM2.5 particles in the air. Parts of Sydney's south-west also suffered from very high PM2.5 readings.

Hazy like Sunday morning : Bushfires bring thick smog to Sydney as freak storms lash Sydney is set for another hazy day from bushfire smoke blown across the city. Meanwhile, Queensland was hit by a massive thunderstorm on Friday which caused flash flooding , pulled down traffic lights and

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Sydneysiders have been warned to expect a very hazy Sunday as bushfire smoke is blown across the city.  

Temperatures are set to hit the high 40s in New South Wales by Thursday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

There were 111 fires burning across the state on Saturday night, 60 of them not contained.

Some 1500 firefighters were tackling the blazes and there was no let-up on the horizon, Greg Allan from the RFS said.

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Social media was flooded with photos of massive hailstones on the city’s fringes and videos Some look almost like flowers or little tiny planets. And literally 5 minutes after the giant hail As Sydney and NSW mops up from the destruction caused by the storms , Brisbane is preparing for a heatwave.

The Queensland floods were followed by the 2011 Victorian floods which saw more than fifty communities in western and central Victoria also grapple with significant flooding . ^ " Flood -hit Queensland braced for fresh storms ". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press.

'We will see conditions deteriorate with worsening weather early into mid-next week. We're going to be seeing a lot more higher temperatures across the state,' he told AAP.

a large body of water with a city in the background: Sydney is set for another hazy day from bushfire smoke blown across the city © Provided by Daily Mail Sydney is set for another hazy day from bushfire smoke blown across the city a person standing next to a forest: There were 111 fires burning across NSW on Saturday night, 60 of them not contained © Provided by Daily Mail There were 111 fires burning across NSW on Saturday night, 60 of them not contained

Places such as Cobar, Broken Hill and Griffith will see temperatures above 40C in the coming week, the BOM said.

Total fire bans have been issued for the Central Ranges, Northern Slopes and North Western areas amid very high fire danger ratings on Sunday and more bushfire smoke will affect the Sydney Basin, the fire service said.

'Smoke from fires burning on the outskirts of Sydney will settle across the Sydney Basin again overnight and tomorrow,' the RFS tweeted on Saturday evening.

Thunderstorms soak south-east Queensland

  Thunderstorms soak south-east Queensland Severe storms are hammering south-east Queensland, with more than 70mm of rain in half an hour in places. Thunderstorm warnings have been issued for areas of the south east nearly as far inland as Toowoomba.The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large hailstones.© Weatherzone Heavy storms are lashing Queensland's south-east. People have been urged to move their vehicles undercover, secure loose outdoor items, and seek shelter.Southport on the Gold Coast received 76mm of rain in 30 minutes, prompting a warning about flash floods.https://twitter.

The 1992 Queensland storms were a series of thunderstorms which struck southeastern Queensland , Australia on 29 November 1992. The storms produced strong winds, flash flooding and large hailstones in the region, including the capital city of Brisbane.

Super storm lashes Sydney as cell cluster merges across the state. More than 36,000 homes are still Trains across Sydney were back to normal service on Sunday morning after crews worked Sydney ’s storm cell caused heavy rainfall, destructive winds and giant hailstones with more wild

'There is a possibility the smoke will clear slightly but remaining dense throughout the day.

The Ruined Castle fire in the Blue Mountains remained at watch and act level on Saturday night.

a small boat in a body of water: Queensland was hit by a massive thunderstorm on Friday which caused flash flooding, pulled down traffic lights and knocked out power to more than 11,000 homes © Provided by Daily Mail Queensland was hit by a massive thunderstorm on Friday which caused flash flooding, pulled down traffic lights and knocked out power to more than 11,000 homes a hand holding a knife on a cutting board: Cars on the Gold Coast were left submerged in water and baseball-sized hailstones pelted houses. Pictured: a 10cm wide hailstone © Provided by Daily Mail Cars on the Gold Coast were left submerged in water and baseball-sized hailstones pelted houses. Pictured: a 10cm wide hailstone

Some 724 homes, 49 facilities and 1582 outbuildings had been destroyed so far this fire season. Six people have died and 2.7 million hectares have been scorched.

Meanwhile, Queensland was hit by a massive thunderstorm on Friday which caused flash flooding, pulled down traffic lights and knocked out power to more than 11,000 homes.

A total of 120mm of rain fell in just one hour, something that happens only once every fifty years in the area, as the storm moved from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. 

Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hit by very dangerous storms, BOM warns of flash flooding

  Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast hit by very dangerous storms, BOM warns of flash flooding The weather bureau is warning locals to be cautious of flash flooding after 76mm of rain fell at Southport in half an hour. Giant hail is also predicted for parts of the Sunshine Coast. The slow-moving storm is currently sitting over the northern part of the Gold Coast and moving towards Coomera.

Rain, hail, flash flooding predicted as super storm set to lash Sydney , Brisbane. A MONTH’S rain has fallen in just a few hours in some areas while “ giant ” gold ball sized hailstones have rocked towns as a ‘perfect super cell storm ’ makes its way across New South Wales and southeast Queensland .

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Cars on the Gold Coast were left submerged in water and baseball-sized hailstones pelted houses before the slow-moving storm tore through the state capital about 4.10pm. 

The state's SES rescued a person from their car during the deluge - which was one of 46 calls for helps the service received in the Gold Coast suburbs of Southport, Ashmore and Arundel. 

A 2m-wide section of ceiling, meanwhile, caved in at Brisbane's Toombul Shopping centre in front of shocked Christmas shoppers.

a hand holding a flower: Baseball-sized hailstones have pelted houses in south-east Queensland as a ferocious slow-moving storm tore through the region on Friday afternoon (pictured hailstones in Goomboorian in the Gympie National Park) © Provided by Daily Mail Baseball-sized hailstones have pelted houses in south-east Queensland as a ferocious slow-moving storm tore through the region on Friday afternoon (pictured hailstones in Goomboorian in the Gympie National Park)

Another dangerous storm hit Noosa on the Sunshine Coast on Friday afternoon- with a resident in Wolvi north-west of the town sharing photos of hailstones measuring as wide as 8cm. 

One resident in Wilsons Pocket north-east of Gympie told The Courier-Mail hailstones the size of cricket balls fell from the sky for about half an hour. 

How did the massive hailstones that fell over southern Queensland form?

  How did the massive hailstones that fell over southern Queensland form? The Bureau of Meteorology says the massive hailstones that fell on Queensland's Sunshine Coast are some of the biggest ever recorded in Australia. How exactly does ice fall from our skies when it's so hot on the ground?It is thought to be the second time in a month that parts of the Sunshine Coast have been hit by large hailstones.

Large hailstones have pummelled Sydney , bringing down two large factories and sparking a fire in the city's west. A blanketing of hail looks like snow in western Sydney . "Large hailstones , heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds are likely," the BoM said.

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Southeast Queensland power company Energex said as of 4pm 8,600 customers were without power. 

The Bureau of Meteorology said their weather gauges had recorded 76mm in the space of half an hour near Southport. 

Thunderstorms were forecast to hit the coast near Noosa Heads about 1.20pm. 

The BoM warned large to giant hail, as well as damaging winds should be expected in the region. 

Eleven thousand homes were without power in Southport, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters and Paradise Point.  

The thunder and hailstorms are forecast to be followed by more storms this weekend - although they are expected to be less severe.  

The wild weather comes as Australia looks set to swelter through its hottest day in history next week.

Perth is enduring an unprecedented heatwave for Christmas time, with the city expected to reach 40C for four consecutive days until at least Sunday. 

The hot air mass, which has lingered around Western Australia, will then move across the country towards the end of next week.

Meanwhile, more than 6000 homes have been saved but an emergency warning remains in place for a bushfire raging out of control north of Perth.

a sign on the side of a road: 11,000 homes were without power in Southport, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters and Paradise Point (pictured a submerged car at a Southport intersection) © Provided by Daily Mail 11,000 homes were without power in Southport, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters and Paradise Point (pictured a submerged car at a Southport intersection) a close up of a tree: The state's SES rescued a person from their car during the deluge - which was one of 46 calls for helps the service received in the Gold Coast (pictured a submerged car at Molendinar in the city's north) © Provided by Daily Mail The state's SES rescued a person from their car during the deluge - which was one of 46 calls for helps the service received in the Gold Coast (pictured a submerged car at Molendinar in the city's north)

The blaze has already destroyed almost 12,000 hectares with about 400 firefighters battling to bring it under control.

Sydney set for a smoky Sunday

  Sydney set for a smoky Sunday Bushfire smoke will again settle across the Sydney Basin, the RFS says, and temperatures are forecast to hit the high 40s in some parts of NSW later this week.Sydney is set for another hazy day from bushfire smoke blown across the city, while firefighters are bracing for worsening conditions as NSW heats up.

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They worked through the night conducting hazard reduction burns and consolidating containment lines.

On Sunday authorities said lives and homes remained in immediate danger in Guilderton, Woodridge, Gabbadah, Wilbinga, Caraban, Seabird, Yeal, Redfield Park, Sovereign Hill, Seatrees and Breakwater Estates.

Parts of Beermujllah, Muckenburra, Wanerie, Neergabby and Yanchap were also covered by the emergency alert.

The fire has been burning since Wednesday and authorities fear it will continue to burn for several more days.

a wooden cutting board: A resident in Wolvi north-west of Noosa shared photos of hailstones measuring as wide as 8cm © Provided by Daily Mail A resident in Wolvi north-west of Noosa shared photos of hailstones measuring as wide as 8cm a close up of food: The thunder and hailstorms are forecast to be followed by more storms this weekend © Provided by Daily Mail The thunder and hailstorms are forecast to be followed by more storms this weekend

They say the blaze remains out of control and unpredictable.

Evacuation centres have been established at the Gumblossom Community Centre and the Granville Civic Centre where community meetings will be held on Sunday.

Confirmed losses so far include a home and a service station at Yanchep.

However, Western Power has advised that several hundred properties have lost power because of the blaze.

It said its crews had already replaced 27 power poles and more than five kilometres of lines in a push to have customers reconnected as soon as possible.

a man riding on the back of a fire: A blaze north of Perth has already destroyed almost 12,000 hectares with about 400 firefighters battling to bring it under control © Provided by Daily Mail A blaze north of Perth has already destroyed almost 12,000 hectares with about 400 firefighters battling to bring it under control

'We have also had advanced scoping teams assessing the extent of the damage to the network further north of Yanchep,' it said.

Hazy like Sunday morning: Bushfires bring thick smog to Sydney as freak storms lash Queensland sparking flash floods and giant hailstones

  Hazy like Sunday morning: Bushfires bring thick smog to Sydney as freak storms lash Queensland sparking flash floods and giant hailstones Sydney is set for another hazy day from bushfire smoke blown across the city, while firefighters are bracing for worsening conditions as New South Wales heats up.Sydneysiders have been warned to expect a very hazy Sunday as bushfire smoke is blown across the city.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palasczuk urged residents in the south-east to stay home and avoid the wild weather. A follow up freak storm also dropped hail stones across Sydney ’s inner west. The State Emergency Service is still working through the 21,000 calls received during the horror storm

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'Early reports have estimated that over 100 poles and associated infrastructure has been damaged so far from the fire.'

The Water Corporation said supplies to Woodridge could be cut off on Sunday while People in Two Rocks were experiencing disruptions to Telstra NBN voice and data services, mobile services and ADSL broadband.

Mobile phone services were also being disrupted in Yanchep.

The fire came amid soaring temperatures with the mercury expected to hit 40C in Perth on Sunday for a record third December day in a row.

Winds were expected to shift westerly during the day, ahead of slightly milder conditions on Monday. 

a close up of a map: The Bureau of Meteorology's forecast for Friday (pictured) as Australia prepares for an unprecedented heatwave © Provided by Daily Mail The Bureau of Meteorology's forecast for Friday (pictured) as Australia prepares for an unprecedented heatwave Read more

Smoke from NSW bushfires is covering Melbourne .
Smoke from the New South Wales bushfires has made its way south, covering the city and giving Melbourne a taste of the conditions that have been choking Sydney. Smoke extended over Victoria this morning and into the afternoon from the NSW's fires and the Gippsland fires – in Victoria's south-east - reducing visibility to about 1km in places, the Bureau of Meteorology said."The smoke will gradually disperse over the next few hours, although generally hazy conditions are expected right across Victoria today."https://twitter.

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