Severe storm outbreak warning for NSW & ACT

Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a warning of a potential late-season storm outbreak that could affect NSW and the ACT. 

Parts of eastern New South Wales may see severe thunderstorms tomorrow (Tuesday), which could possibly bring heavy rainfall, damaging winds and even hail. The most likely areas are currently forecast to be around the north-eastern section of the state.  It is possible a Severe Thunderstorm Warning will be issued for that region.
 
Thunderstorms about the state’s south-east inland on Tuesday, such as in the Riverina, are expected to be less severe but may still produce local area impacts including small hail.
 
Isolated thunderstorms may also affect some parts of the state’s north-east and southern inland today (Mon) as the system approaches but are not expected to be severe.
 
The possible thunderstorm outbreak is being caused by a cold front and associated cold pool that are currently approaching New South Wales from the south-west. 
 
A separate Severe Weather Warning has been issued for heavy rainfall along the state’s far southern coast and adjacent ranges on Tuesday as a surface low develops in that region in response to the upper cold pool. This surface low may generate some strong winds along the far southern coastal fringe. 
 
Severe thunderstorms are unusual in New South Wales and the ACT at this time of year, which mean people are less likely to be prepared.  Communities should monitor the Bureau of Meteorology from this afternoon for updates and new information for the next few days, and consider reviewing storm preparation advice from their local SES.
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