Work crews racing to restore electricity to thousands of NSW residents may finally get a breather with Sydney's four-day run of evening storms likely to be broken on Monday.
Storm cells that formed over the Sydney's south on Sunday afternoon moved out to sea in the evening, ending a spate of violent thunderstorms that cut power to parts of the city and inundated emergency services.
The Bureau of Meteorology cancelled its severe thunderstorm alert late on Sunday evening, after warning of heavy rainfall, damaging winds and large hailstones during the day.
While the bureau was still monitoring the Sydney Basin on Sunday evening and said the city's storm streak was "not done and dusted yet", the worst of the weekend's severe weather is now over.
Power still out
Eastern NSW, meanwhile, has continued its clean-up after days of turbulent weather.
As of Sunday afternoon, the State Emergency Service had received almost 3,800 requests for assistance in the aftermath of Saturday night's storm, mainly for fallen trees and roof damage.
The SES was still receiving new requests for assistance, though, with many from the Hills, Hornsby and Parramatta.
Saturday night's hail and heavy rains brought trees and power lines down, with 110,000 homes losing electricity and Sydney's north-west suffering the most damage.
More than 30,000 homes and businesses were still without power on Sunday evening and some might be waiting until Wednesday for it to be restored.
"We havent seen this extent of damage in these areas in recent times,” Sam Sofi, an Ausgrid manager, said.
Conditions to improve
Monday should see conditions settle, with a mostly sunny day forecast for the city and a top of 29 degrees. Western Sydney will see temperatures reach the mid-30s, the bureau said.
Sydney could see a shower or two during the day, but the bureau said it looks like storms will be confined to the Hunter region.
Showers will be a feature of most days this week, with Thursday likely to see the peak of the heat. Sydney can expect 32 degrees – and western suburbs as high as 36 degrees – before conditions cool off again.
Natassia is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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