World Storms light up Sydney after record heat

08:26  09 january  2018
08:26  09 january  2018 Source:   bbc.com

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Sydney storms light up city after record heat . JO FOSTER A thunderstorm moves across Sydney late on Monday. Sydney has been hit by spectacular storms , interrupting a run of stifling weather that included the city's hottest day in 79 years.

The storms brought a small reprieve after temperatures peaked at 47.3C (117F) in Sydney 's west on Sunday, with many people posting images and comments online. Australia's deadly relationship with heat .

Lightning seen over a tennis match: The storm is seen behind a match at the Sydney International tennis tournament © EPA The storm is seen behind a match at the Sydney International tennis tournament Sydney has been hit by spectacular storms, interrupting a run of stifling weather that included the city's hottest day in 79 years.

A series of storms rolled across the city on Monday and Tuesday.

Lightning and thunder woke locals early on Tuesday and prompted much discussion online, despite meteorologists rating the storm as not especially severe.

More than 4,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the city, according to weather tracking companies.

"This is quite a lot, especially for early-morning thunderstorms," said Weatherzone senior meteorologist Jacob Cronje.

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More than 4,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the city, according to weather tracking companies. The storms brought a small reprieve after temperatures peaked at 47.3C (117F) in Sydney ’s west on Sunday, with many people posting images and comments online.

The storms brought a small reprieve after temperatures peaked at 47.3C (117F) in Sydney 's west on Sunday, with many people posting images and comments online. Australia's deadly relationship with heat .

"It's not uncommon, it's just less common," he said.

The storms brought a small reprieve after temperatures peaked at 47.3C (117F) in Sydney's west on Sunday, with many people posting images and comments online.

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Amateur photographer Jo Foster followed the storm when she saw it building over Sydney's harbour late on Monday.

"It was incredible to watch. The thunder sounded like it was all around us, and, at that stage, the lightning was striking every couple of seconds," she told the BBC. 

Sydney man Dave Rasmus was woken before dawn, describing the storm as "flashes and bangs, it was almost like daylight at some stages".

The weather affected transportation and forced delays to a match at the Sydney International tennis tournament.

State emergency services said they had received more than 150 calls for help.

An elderly woman was rescued after her house caught on fire possibly due to lightning, local media reported.

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The year 2017 was the third-warmest on record for the United States, and featured a pileup of weather and climate disasters that cost the nation a record-breaking $306 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Load Error The preliminary data released by NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information serve as another indication that climate change shows little sign of relenting — with troubling implications for the risk of extreme weather and climate events in the future.

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