Chaotic weather brings heatwaves, hail

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Southeast Australia is shivering through a cold blast – while parts of South East Queensland are in for temperatures as high as 35C on Monday.

Melbourne is forecast to reach a top of just 14C and Hobart 13C to start the week.

“Temperatures are way below average again for the third time this November,” Sky Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

But further north, it is a completely different story. Brisbane is forecast to reach 35C.

The Bureau of Meteorology in Queensland issued a fire weather warning for the region on Monday morning with an “extreme fire danger” forecast.

“Fresh, dry west to south-westerly winds combined with warm temperatures are expected to cause elevated fire dangers over South East Queensland on Monday,” the alert read.

Southeast Australia is shivering through a cold blast and dangerous winds, while up north temperatures are in the 30s. Picture: Sky WeatherSoutheast Australia is shivering through a cold blast and dangerous winds, while up north temperatures are in the 30s. Picture: Sky Weather

At the same time, a severe heatwave warning is in place for the Peninsula, North Tropical Coast, Tablelands, Central Coast and Whitsundays Districts.

Mr Sharpe said we could see the first tropical cyclone of the season “significantly earlier” than usual in the Northern Territory and Queensland.

He said a “pulse of moisture” – bringing showers and thunderstorms to the top of the country – was moving north, which could aid development of a tropical cyclone at the start of December.

“The reason why is also partly due to the warmer than usual seas dominating that region up in the tropics and into the Coral Sea,” Mr Sharpe said. “We had record warmth for the month of October in those waters.”

Down south, the cold and windy wet weather, with gusts exceeding 100km/h, is expected to ease by Wednesday but will pick up again on the weekend.

Another band of rain and thunderstorms is forecast to sweep across Australia’s east coast early next week.

Dangerous winds of 100km/h were recorded in NSW and Victoria on Sunday. Pictured is the New England Highway north of Crows Nest. Picture: Twitter/SEQUESTDangerous winds of 100km/h were recorded in NSW and Victoria on Sunday. Pictured is the New England Highway north of Crows Nest. Picture: Twitter/SEQUEST

Huge hail and 100km/h winds hit east

Despite the heat, it has not been all sunny skies in Queensland.

Storms rolled across the state with huge hail in the Rockhampton region on Sunday afternoon.

Thousands of people were reported without power that evening, with the worst hit area being Brisbane.

By 6.15am on Monday, power had been restored to all but 61 of 6200 affected Energex customers, Courier Mail reported.

More “dangerous storms” are forecast in the state on Monday.

Also on Sunday there were storms and powerful gusts exceeding 100km/h in NSW and Victoria.

The dangerous gusts are expected to continue through Monday with severe weather warnings active in both states.

Weatherzone meteorologist Andrew Casper-Richardson said: “Monday is likely to be the windiest day across much of the southeast.”

Wilsons Promontory in Victoria already recorded 107km/h gusts at about 7.30am Monday and 93km/h was recorded at Cape Otway at 6.44am.

Windy weather at St Kilda Beach on Sunday. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Josie HaydenWindy weather at St Kilda Beach on Sunday. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Josie Hayden

In NSW, 104km/h gusts were recorded at Cabramurra (12.33am) and 96km/h at Thredbo (12.39am). At about 9am, 98km/h winds hit Nowra.

“Damaging westerly winds averaging 50-70km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h are likely today across elevated parts of the warning area above 900m and also eastwards to the Illawarra coast and across the Goulburn region,” the NSW alert read.

“For the remainder of the warning area, including Sydney metropolitan area and Canberra, squally conditions will develop during the day with damaging wind gusts in excess of 90km/h possible, especially with showers or thunderstorms across the Riverina and South West Slopes.

“Damaging winds averaging 80-90km/h are possible over Alpine areas above 1900m today.”

The road needing to be cleared of debris on the New England Highway north of Crows Nest on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Twitter/SEQUESTThe road needing to be cleared of debris on the New England Highway north of Crows Nest on Sunday afternoon. Picture: Twitter/SEQUESTSevere weather warnings are active for dangerous winds in NSW, Victoria and South Australia on Monday. Picture: windy.comSevere weather warnings are active for dangerous winds in NSW, Victoria and South Australia on Monday. Picture: windy.com

Victoria’s warning read: “Damaging west to south-westerly winds averaging 50-70km/h with peak gusts up to 110km/h are likely along much of the coast west of Wilsons Promontory today, this may include parts of Melbourne.

“For the remainder of the warning area, squally conditions are expected today with damaging wind gusts up to 100km/h possible, especially with showers or thunderstorms.”

There is also a severe weather warning for damaging winds on the southeast coast of South Australia. An earlier warning for Adelaide was cancelled.

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