The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a storm warning for the region.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a storm warning for the region. Rebecca Lollback

Official storm warning for the Northern Rivers

UPDATE, 3.30pm: THE Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for parts of the Northern Rivers this afternoon.

Its website states: "Thunderstorm activity has temporarily eased, however further severe thunderstorms are still possible within the warning area during the next several hours which have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts and large hailstones."

Locations that may be affected include Casino, Coraki and Evans Head.

At 1.40pm, Coffs Harbour Airport recorded a 113km/h wind gust from a fast moving thunderstorm.


UPDATE 12pm: THE North Coast Storm Chasers have warned of the possibility of thunderstorms on their Facebook page.

"An approaching southerly wind change is causing the atmosphere to become unstable, with plenty of moisture around and decent steering winds in the upper atmosphere," Antonio Parancin from NCSC said.

"Unlike the past few days where storms stuck to the ranges and did not move much, today the storms will quickly march towards the E/NE and make it on the coast.

"If we get enough heating before the southerly change comes through Ballina/Lismore around 4-5pm we could be looking at storms becoming severe, especially on and east of the ranges and especially around Lismore, Ballina, Byron.

"It's almost perfect timing for a southerly, however because we have quite a bit of cloud cover there is that chance that we might just not be able to get the heating that is required for thunderstorms to become severe or decent, however it is very likely that we will see storms its still a question to ask if they will become severe.

"If you see some sunshine before storms and the temperatures reach or exceed about 27-29ºC there is a decent chance you will see a severe storm.

"So the purple areas is WHAT COULD happen if all the right conditions come into play, we will definitely see storms that's a promise that I can make this time." 


MONDAY 8am: A POSSIBILITY of a thunderstorm lies in the forecast for today, offering up the perfect setting for Halloween.

The Bureau of Meteorology explained the current weather situation.

A cold front and associated rain band, which currently lie across the northeast of the state, are expected to clear during today.

A ridge of high pressure will become established across southeast Australia on Tuesday, and persist until the end of the week.

The forecast for today is of partly cloudy conditions with a 70% chance of showers, most likely this afternoon and early evening, and the chance of a thunderstorm.

Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h shifting south to southeasterly in the afternoon.

Daytime maximum temperatures around 30.

The forecast for tomorrow is for partly cloudy conditions, with patchy fog near the Queensland border in the early morning.

There is a 40% chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm near the coast in the evening.

Light winds becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s.

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