The region has been treated to a light show once again.
The region has been treated to a light show once again. Facebook: Bronson Tilley

Hundreds of lightning strikes as stormy weather continues

THURSDAY 6.45am: THE Northern Rivers has received a healthy dose of rainfall overnight once again, coupled with more thunder and lightning.

Since 9am yesterday Lismore has received 11.2mm of rain, Ballina 10mm, and Casino 10mm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Byron Bay's rainfall is not yet listed.

The night was lighter on the lightning front too, with 845 strikes listed by Lightningmaps.org over the Northern Rivers, compared to Monday night's total of 6,603 strikes and Tuesday night's count of 2,318 strikes.

While a Marine Wind Warning is not in place for our coastline today, there is a Strong Wind Warning listed for Friday along the Byron coastline on the BoM website. 

The rest of today is set to be cloudy with areas of fog early this morning.

There is a 90% chance of showers, most likely during this afternoon and evening and the chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening, more likely over inland areas, possibly severe.

Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.

Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

 

Lightning on Monday night, 5th December, 2016.
Lightning on Monday night, 5th December, 2016. Aaron Keevers

UPDATE 12.30pm: IF you've had your eyes glued to the skies watching the lightning shows over the last two nights, here is some news you may like.

The weather situation that is causing this photogenic (but sometimes frightening) lightning is set to stick around until the weekend.

Duty Forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, Zach Porter, said the low pressure trough that is moving across the Northern Rivers is currently lingering above our region, so we will have "no real break" until the weekend. 

Mr Porter said storms were once again likely tomorrow.

On Friday the trough will start to move out of the area and the weather will become more stable over the weekend, he said, including with a drop in humidity that "will be a welcome relief for many".

This will be due to a strong cold front coming across our region, with much drier and cooler southerly winds pushed up the coast.

However, Mr Porter said it looked as if the Northern Rivers would have a couple more warm days before that cold front hits us on Saturday, bringing temperatures down to the mid-20s. 

Mr Porter pointed out that storms had been occurring almost every day since the start of December, driving home the point that this time of year is when storms are becoming more active, and while you may get tired of hearing storm warnings, don't get complacent.

These storms can be severe, he said, adding that his best advice was to keep an eye on storm warnings and radars.

 

Image from Lightning Maps website of lightning strikes over the last 24 hours.
Image from Lightning Maps website of lightning strikes over the last 24 hours. Marnie Johnston

WEDNESDAY 7.50am: ANOTHER night on the Northern Rivers, another storm: At least that's what it feels like at the moment.

Last night locals were treated to another dousing of rain, the sound of thunder, and a wonderful lightning show once again following a thunderstorm warning yesterday afternoon.

Data from the website Lightning Maps revealed the North Coast area had been struck by lightning 2,318 times over the last 24 hours.

The Bureau of Meteorology reported that Lismore received 6.4mm of rain since 9am yesterday, Ballina 2.6, and Casino 4.2mm. 

Byron Bay's figures are not yet listed.

The current weather situation is due to a broad low pressure trough which extends from northwestern Australia into southeastern NSW.

This trough will move to the northeast during Thursday as a cold front crosses the west and southeast of the state and a high pressure system moves east in the southern Bight extending a ridge behind it.

The high is expected to continue to move slowly east during Friday and Saturday, strengthening the ridge along the coast and the trough should weaken further.

Te rest of Wednesday is set to be cloudy with an 80% chance of showers, and a thunderstorm likely.

Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn.

Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

Thursday is set to be cloudy with an 80% chance of rain, most likely in the morning and afternoon, and the chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

Light winds becoming north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day.

Overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching around 30.



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