Thunderstorm unleashes hail on Australia’s parliament building, smashes cars windows

Thunderstorm unleashes hail on Australia’s parliament building, smashes cars windows

Thunderstorm unleashes hail on Australia’s parliament building, smashes cars windows

Written by Reuters

20 Jan, 2020 | 4:09 pm

Reuters – Cricket ball-sized hail lashed Australia’s capital Canberra on Monday (January 20), smashing car windows and turning the nation’s parliament building into a winter wonderland.

People were seen playing around with hailstones after the storm and taking photographs, while rows of cars nearby had their windscreens smashed by the large icy chunks.

Earlier this month, authorities urged people in Canberra to stay indoors as bushfire smoke left the air among the most toxic in the world.

The storms lashing New South Wales and neighbouring Victoria state came after the high temperatures and dry winds fanned bushfires across an area one-third the size of Germany, killing 29 people and an estimated one billion native animals.

 

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