06/03/2014 06:18 GMT | Updated 06/03/2014 09:59 GMT

Incredible Time-Lapse Video Shows Sydney Engulfed By Dramatic Storm (PICTURES, VIDEO)

This is the moment Sydney was enveloped in a dramatic summer storm, just hours after locals had been enjoying a typically sunny day.

The weather, which some described as looking "apocalyptic", hit the Australian city during rush hour.

Tubular-shaped clouds were pictured looming menacingly over famous beaches including Bondi and Coogee.

More than 12mm of rain was recorded in the half hour the storm hit, between 4.30pm and 5pm local time.

See below for pictures and a video of the phenomenon.


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