Sydney was hit by 20,000 lightning strikes overnight

Parts of Sydney were hit by 20,000 lightning strikes during an intense weather event overnight through Wednesday, as the city braces for Australia Day temperatures in the 30s and more potential storms.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Tuesday night as heavy rain and damaging winds battered much of the Sydney metropolitan area.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Rout said about 20,000 lightning strikes were recorded within 20 kilometers of Camden Airport in south-west Sydney as of 8pm on Tuesday.

“[Camden Airport] In the ten minutes to 8:30 p.m., 20 millimeters of rain was also registered, which is very intense, short rain,” he said.

Rout said the low-pressure trough made its way into town at 9:30 p.m. before departing into the ocean around 11:00 p.m.

Around 2,600 lightning strikes were recorded between 9pm and 11pm within 20km of the Sydney metropolitan area.

Parts of Sydney experienced about 20,000 lightning strikes Tuesday

The NSW SES on Wednesday warned Sydneysiders to take extra care on the roads as crews continue to repair damage across the city.

Blacktown and Penrith were the busiest areas with a total of 70 incidents overnight through Wednesday, the NSW SES said. Sydney was hit by 20,000 lightning strikes overnight

Callan Tansill

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