NSW was a “state of extremes” yesterday according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Although we don’t really need word from the experts to know that!

While it looked a bit like armageddon in Sydney yesterday with wild storms lashing the city, other parts of the state saw snow while other areas were hit with a heatwave. This all occurred just a few days out from Summer.

A gusty storm his Sydney on Tuesday afternoon with winds hitting more than 100km/h in some parts. Thousands of people were left without power as trees fell on power lines and pea-sized hail even fell in the Sutherland region.

At the same time, Thredbo was sitting at zero degrees with snow falling, while the Hunter region saw a sizzling 39 degrees.

Other parts of the state also saw mid to high 30s, including 35.4C recorded at the bureau’s weather station on Observatory Hill.


According to Ausgrid, about 51,500 homes and business lost power on Tuesday afternoon and by Tuesday afternoonn power was restored to about 4000 of these customers.

“Make alternate arrangements for tonight and breakfast as power won’t be back until repairs can be made,” Ausgrid said.

“Customers who rely on a continuous power supply for medical or life support equipment should contact family or friends to make alternative arrangements.”

The severe weather also caused havoc for public transport with trains stopped in areas of the North Shore and Central Coast and Newcastle.


Buses were also delayed in several areas including Pymble, Gordon, Chatswood, Roseville, Willoughby and Hornsby Heights.

The Bureau of Meterology has said weather will be much cooler today in Sydney, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 20s predicted.