Giant hailstones bigger than 16cm (6.3 inches) appear to have fallen in Queensland, according to Australia’s weather agency.
If confirmed, it’s believed to be a new record for the country.
Forecaster Shane Kennedy, from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, said the previous record was “around the 14cm mark”.
“Hail that size has a terminal velocity of well over 100km (62mph) an hour,” he told ABC News.
Update: giant hailstones in excess of 16 centimetres have been observed in Yalboroo, north of Mackay in Central Queensland.
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) October 19, 2021
The bureau tweeted on Tuesday: “Giant hailstones in excess of 16 centimetres have been observed in Yalboroo, north of Mackay in Central Queensland.”
Yalboroo is about 500 miles (804km) north of Brisbane.
Samantha Caporn – who lives in the area – posted a picture taken by her husband of three super-sized hailstones.