Storms brought relief from heat today, look out for Saturday
UPDATE 11.30AM: SO, the storms have passed over bringing much needed relief from the melting hot temperatures of the past few days ... but will it last?
The Bureau of Meteorology are reporting temperatures will climb as we make our way towards the weekend.
Lismore can expect the mercury to reach 39 degrees, with overnight temperatures failing to drop much below 20 degrees.
Casino residents have a 42 degree day to look forward to, with their overnight temperatures dropping to 22 degrees.
Coastal towns will fair a little better, Byron Bay reaching 31 degrees on Saturday, and Ballina 34 degrees.
Evans Head will reach 37 degrees.
The chance of thunderstorms remains over the weekend period, so we can only hope they save us from the heatwave once again.
UPDATE 10AM: A MORNING storm has passed over the Northern Rivers this morning bringing slight relief to the area.
The Bureau of Meteorology is still predicting temperatures in the mid to high 30s for the rest of the day.
Maximum temperatures for today are:
- Ballina 33
- Byron Bay 31
- Lismore 35
It is suggested sun protection is needed until 5.40pm this afternoon as the UV index is predicted to reach an extreme level of 16.
There are also still chances of thunderstorms this afternoon.
UPDATE 8AM: The predicted southerly seems to have made a much earlier than expected arrival.
Huge dark storms have rolled in from the south make the place look like night time again.
It has been fast moving with plenty of wind, some lightning and thunder, but not much rain.
INITIAL 7.30AM: IT IS pretty rare but after some high temperatures a morning storm is a very welcome sight.
As can be seen on the Bureau of Meteorology radar, a large amount of cloud is slowing moving north from Grafton heading towards the coast at Evans Head.
The sky is dark and thunder has been heard rumbling from Woodburn.
Hopefully it will help keep temperatures further down than predicted.