Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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Thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding possible today for southern NSW and ACT


Issued: 1pm AEST Thursday 4 August 2022

A powerful cold front is bringing severe weather to inland and central New South Wales and the ACT today.

A severe weather warning is current for damaging winds and heavy rainfall in parts of the ACT, central and southern inland regions.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90km/hr are possible for parts of the south-east and central regions of NSW and heavy rainfall likely along the western slopes and western parts of the ACT today. Damaging winds are expected to persist during Friday in parts of the south-east, most likely through the Illawarra.

Thunderstorms are possible for much of the state. Severe thunderstorms are possible in the northern and southern inland regions of NSW, with the potential to bring damaging winds, large hail and heavy rainfall on Thursday afternoon and evening.

A flood watch has been issued for inland NSW central and south west catchments with the potential for widespread minor flooding and possible isolated major flooding in some regions, including Upper Murray, Lachlan and Mitta Mitta rivers. Flooding is likely on Thursday night into Friday.

The Bureau is monitoring the situation closely and will update its forecasts and warnings regularly.

Communities are encouraged to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings via the Bureau's website and BOM Weather app and follow the advice of emergency services agencies.