A storm hit the region early this morning, with plenty of lightning.
A storm hit the region early this morning, with plenty of lightning.

977 lightning strikes, but only a sprinkling of rain

A STORM which passed over the Northern Rivers early this morning looked spectacular, with plenty of lightning, but it didn't deliver very much rain.

The storm swept across the region around 3am.

More than 970 lightning strikes were detected across the region by lightningmaps.org.

A lightning storm passed through the Northern Rivers early this morning, delivering plenty of lightning but not much rain.
A lightning storm passed through the Northern Rivers early this morning, delivering plenty of lightning but not much rain. lightningmaps.org

But the storm didn't result in much of the wet stuff -- Casino has received the most rain since 9am yesterday, with a total of 13mm.

Lismore has recorded 0.6mm and Terania Creek 1mm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

And today the Northern Rivers is in for a scorcher, with tops of 33 degrees forecast for Lismore, 36 degrees in Casino and 30 degrees in Ballina.

A total fire ban is in place for the region.

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said severe thunderstorms were possible again today.

"The interaction of a cold air mass moving up from the Southern Ocean with a much warmer air mass over the Australian continent will lead to widespread showers and thunderstorms in Queensland and NSW on Wednesday and Thursday," he said.

"Thunderstorms are likely to develop across a broad area of NSW... most of these storms won't be intense enough to cause severe weather, although some areas could see damaging winds and large hail.

"On Thursday, the focus of the storm activity will shift into northeast NSW and southeast and central Queensland.

"There is a better chance that thunderstorms will become severe on Thursday... damaging winds and large hail are the most likely threats, although heavy rain and flooding can't be ruled out.

"In addition to the showers and storms over the next couple of days, parts of Queensland and NSW will also experience Very High fire danger ratings as hot air combines with blustery winds ahead of an approaching trough."