A small, intense storm which raced through the Illawarra at dusk on Sunday provided Mercury readers with some spectacular photo opportunities.
Bureau of Meteorology severe weather forecaster Michael Logan said the region should expect to see more such storms through summer.
‘‘As we move into the summer months cooler air moves up from the south causing what we call a southerly buster,’’ he said.
‘‘Although they generally last for only an hour they can be briefly damaging as they pass through,’’ Mr Logan said.
The strongest recorded southerly buster roared through the region with gusts of up to 113km/h in 1948.
WATCH: A giant water spout off Batemans Bay on Sunday.
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