Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra and parts of Hunter, Metropolitan, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains, Central West Slopes and Plains, Riverina, Lower Western and Upper Western Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:13 pm Monday, 31 January 2022.

Severe thunderstorms are occurring across parts of the state.

Weather Situation: A high pressure system near New Zealand and a trough over the state's interior are combining to draw humid and unsettled conditions across the state, resulting in severe thunderstorm activity.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Goulburn, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Cobar and Broken Hill.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

26.2 mm was recorded in 30 minutes at Tuggeranong (ACT) around 3pm.

33 mm at Campbell's River (Central Tablelands district) in 45 minutes to 3.48 pm.

26.2mm recorded in 30 minutes at Lyons Creek to 4:45pm (Snowys district)

26.2mm recorded in 30 minutes at Waiko to 4:45pm (Upper Western district)

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover or away from trees.
* Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
* Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
* Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
* Be aware that run-off from rainfall in fire affected areas may behave differently and be more rapid. It may also contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks.
* After bushfires, heavy rain and the loss of foliage can make the ground soft and heavy, leading to a greater chance of landslides.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.