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NSW thunderstorms skip over Sydney CBD

Thomas Hough, Saturday November 14, 2020 - 12:03 AEDT

A low pressure trough moving across NSW yesterday triggered widespread thunderstorms across the east of the state.

Just under half a million lightning strikes were recorded over eastern and central NSW yesterday, with around 46,000 of these ground strikes. Storms that sparked up over the state's central west in the late morning pushed east reaching western Sydney by early afternoon.

Despite the significant thunderstorm activity in the area however, depending on where you were in the Sydney basin, you may or may not have seen or heard any thunder and lightning.

If you were in the CBD you may not have even known there were storms in the areas as within 10km of the city there were no recorded lightning strikes. Within 20km of the city there were around 60 strikes, 20 of which were ground strikes, most of which occurred offshore.

To the west there were around 1300 strikes within 30km of Blackheath, and nearly 2000 strikes within 30km of Warragamba. To the southwest there were around 2500 strikes within 30km of Campbelltown.

In the north there were only a few strikes about the northern beaches, with more significant storm activity offshore and further north around Gosford, Woy Woy, and Newcastle.

With the trough now moving offshore high pressure will bring settled conditions across most of the state today, with clear and sunny skies to persist through the weekend.

- Weatherzone

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