Sydney’s wild weather has left hundreds of passengers stranded after 25 flights were cancelled on Monday morning.
I hope y’all enjoy browsing through airport gift shops because you’re probably gonna cop some delays if you’ve got a flight booked today.
Strong, gusty winds reduced the country’s biggest airport to a single runway on Monday morning as severe weather ravaged the city.
Sydney Domestic Airport operated on one busy runway between 8am and 11am, with the second runway opening up as the wind eased off around lunch time.
Qantas had to cancel 12 flights as a result of the bad weather, but a spokesperson confirmed that all impacted passengers would be accommodated on other flights throughout the day.
Only four Jetstar flights were cancelled, with a few more being delayed by up to two hours, according to News.com.au. Thankfully, no international flights were cancelled because of the unfortunate weather.
Damaging 65kph winds gusting up to 90kph are predicted for much of coastal New South Wales including the Hunter, Sydney and Illawarra coastal areas throughout the rest of the day.
A severe weather warning was issued for these areas on Monday morning as a result of a deep low pressure system over the Tasman Sea, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The #winds that have been driving fires across #NSW will continue through today. They are expected to ease somewhat tomorrow, however there will still be strong gusts through the day. Conditions should improve significantly Wed & Thurs. https://t.co/FmrRRHhZf5 @NSWRFS #nswfires pic.twitter.com/SV9NvJChYp
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) September 9, 2019
The wild weather began late last week, with four people injured in Sydney after a tree fell onto the Hume Highway on Friday. But we haven’t seen the worst of it just yet.
If you’re a Sydney-sider, you might want to stock up on board games and invite your friends over to play monopoly with you because severe wind and hazardous surf conditions are predicted to continue throughout the afternoon and night. Looks like it’s not a great time to be the outdoorsy type.
The conditions predicted to be at their worst towards the late afternoon and night, so that sounds like a good excuse to yeet yourself out of work at 3.30pm on a Monday.
Although the airport is back up to two runways, it’s probably advisable to check with your airline for regular updates throughout the rest of the day because the predicted weather could cause further delays.