Wollongong's stormy skies put on a show 

City Beach. Picture: STEEN BARNES
City Beach. Picture: STEEN BARNES
Thirroul Beach at sunset. Picture: RAY COLLINS

Thirroul Beach at sunset. Picture: RAY COLLINS

Wollongong Lighthouse. Picture: STEEN BARNES

Wollongong Lighthouse. Picture: STEEN BARNES

Mount Keira at 8.10pm. Picture: BENJAMIN FERNANDEZ

Mount Keira at 8.10pm. Picture: BENJAMIN FERNANDEZ

Wollongong Lighthouse. Picture: STEEN BARNES

Wollongong Lighthouse. Picture: STEEN BARNES

City Beach. Picture: STEEN BARNES

City Beach. Picture: STEEN BARNES

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.

Send us your storm photos at scoop@illawarramercury.com.au.