- Heavy storms hit southeastern Australia on Sunday and Monday local time.
- The rainfall helped relieve some of the areas affected by bushfires, according to the BBC, but the severe weather caused damage in other ways.
- Golf ball-sized hail stones battered cars and buildings in the country's capital on Monday afternoon local time.
- And on Sunday, a massive dust storm emerged and moved over New South Wales, creating a giant orange dust wall.
- See photos and videos of the apocalyptic weather below.
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Severe weather conditions gripped Australia on Sunday and Monday, with an enormous dust storm hitting New South Wales, and golf ball-sized hail stones battering cars and buildings in Canberra.
The apocalyptic scenes took over southeastern Australia, the region most affected by the ongoing bushfires.
The rainfall that came as part of the severe weather conditions helped relieve some parts of the country affected by the bushfires, but caused damage in other ways, the BBC reported.
Wind gusts in the city hit 116 km/h (72 mph) on Monday, Australia's Bureau of Meteorology said.
Two tourists were treated for minor injuries in the hospital after being struck by lightning, according to The Guardian.
The video below also shows car windows smashed through by the giant hail stones.
—Tom Maddocks (@MaddocksThomas) January 20, 2020
The hailstorm also hit Canberra's Parliament House, destroying trees in its garden by ripping off their branches.
—Tamsin Rose (@tamsinroses) January 20, 2020
Sixty-five glasshouses at the site of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Canberra were also damaged, destroying the facilities and scientists' work, according to The Canberra Times.
—Saul Justin Newman 🏳️🌈 (@saul_newman) January 20, 2020
"We have years of work that have been lost," CSIRO chief operating officer Judi Zielke told the newspaper.
Falling trees in Miranda, a suburb in southern Sydney, also crushed cars and trapped some people inside, the local 9News channel reported.
—Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) January 20, 2020
The states of Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland — all of whom have been hard hit by the bushfires — experienced heavy rainfall on Sunday, which brought some relief to the blaze zones that had been suffering from a years-long drought, CNN reported.
But the weather also created heavy winds — with gusts of up to 107 kph (66.4 mph) in some regions — that whipped up the loose soil on the dry ground, creating massive orange dust walls, according to CNN.
Video footage below, captured by a drone, shows the giant wall of dust moving across New South Wales.
So far this bushfire season in Australia has killed at least 30 people, destroyed 2,000 homes, and burned through 10 million hectares of land, the BBC reported.
The severe weather is expected to continue later on Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorology in New South Wales.
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