Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations hit by storm
Thousands of people waiting to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks around Sydney harbour were battered by torrential rain as a thunderstorm swept the city hours before midnight.
On Monday morning the Bureau of Meteorology had predicted the “chance of a light shower/ thunderstorm” in the evening. But by mid-afternoon thunderstorm warnings had been extended to Sydney, and the city was hit with a succession of huge downpours.
The storms quickly brought rain and dozens of lightning strikes, forcing the cancellation of the 8pm aerial flyover display.