Thunderstorms in Victoria, rains return to Sydney

Victoria is bracing for a round of thunderstorms this afternoon, while rain is expected to return to Sydney as the clean up continues from the devastating floods.
The potential wet weather comes after several days of sunny, clear skies in the New South Wales capital. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said up to two millimetres of rain could fall on Sydney today.
But it was another state that bore of the brunt of extreme weather last night; Victoria’s skyline lit up as a severe thunderstorm rolled through Melbourne’s south-east.
Pulses of lightning were seen over Cranbourne and Frankston, while hail smashed parts of Drouin in the east.
There are more showers and thunderstorms forecast for Melbourne’s northern suburbs this afternoon.
A humid and unstable airmass is triggering the thunderstorm activity, the BoM said.
The BoM had also issued a severe storm warning over south-eastern Victoria overnight, but that has since been downgraded.
“The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary,” BoM said.
Meanwhile WA is battling another extreme as two bushfires rage.
One is burning east of Bunbury and the other in the Hawke National Park was burning at emergency levels last night.
Both blazes have since been downgraded to a Watch and Act due to cooler weather.
“There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing,” the Department of Fire and Emergency Services wrote on Facebook.