Some Taylor Swift fans have been forced to evacuate amid lightning strikes, as the pop superstar’s first Sydney concert was hit with heavy downpours this evening.

Parts of Accor Stadium were being evacuated as the 33-year-old’s performance was delayed for an hour and a half to hope for a break in the heavy showers.

Writing on X, formerly known as Twitter, Accor Stadium confirmed the show had been delayed “due to weather”.

“Stay undercover until further notice and follow venue screens and staff instructions,” the post read.

The floor and lower bowl areas of the stadium were affected, with fans in those areas being directed under cover in the stands.

About 300,000 people were expected to attend the concerts over the weekend.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology predicted a maximum temperature of 35C on Friday, with an 80% chance of rain in the late afternoon and the evening.

A “possibly severe” thunderstorm was also likely in the afternoon and evening, with potentially damaging winds and large hail that could affect the musician and those in attendance at her show.

An Accor Stadium spokesperson said that a decision to delay or cancel the show “would be made by NSW Police, the event promoters and Venues NSW staff.”

No umbrellas were permitted in the stadium, but jackets and rain ponchos were allowed.

The weather presented a second challenge to Swift’s Sydney concerts, after Olympic Park was caught up in an ongoing asbestos scare last week before being given the all clear.

Cruel summer of previous disruptions

If delayed or cancelled, it would be the third Eras Tour concert to be impacted by weather.

A concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was postponed following a heatwave that caused a fan to die of heatstroke.

Swift said that her heart was “shattered” by the fan’s death.

Days later, a show in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires was rescheduled due to “chaotic” weather.

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