Image
© News.com.au
Hail and damaging winds have created havoc for southern Sydney residents, with a huge, fast-moving storm sweeping through the Campbelltown and Sutherland areas.

The flash storm halved the temperature in the southwest hubs in a matter of minutes, catching residents and motorists off guard.

Campbelltown's temperature peaked at 29.3degC at 1.40 before the sudden plunge cut 50 per cent off the thermometer reading.

The storm sucked the warmth out of a 30-degree day, gauges plunging to 14.4degC in a matter of minutes just after 2pm. As well as hail, 18mm of rain fell on Campbelltown in half an hour.

Stranger still, the warmth returned a little, temperatures climbing back above 20degC by 3pm.


The dramatic weather then swept through areas near Hurstville and Botany Bay, bringing a sudden need for jackets and cardigans just in time for the school pick-up run.
Image
© Mark Fitzsimmons Blue Sky Helicopters
A pilot’s eye view of the storm from 's Mascot Airport.
While the main body of the intense system moved off-shore at about 3.30pm, a smaller cell was sweeping through districts from Oatley to as far south as Stanwell Park.

Image
© Petrine Savage via Instagram
While the main body of the intense system moved off-shore at about 3.30pm, a smaller cell was sweeping through districts from Oatley to as far south as Stanwell Park.