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NSW bracing for ‘very strong’ storm weather

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 3/06/2019

a group of people on a bridge: Winds of up to 90km/h in speed, waves of higher than five metres and rainfall totals of up to 15mm are expected. © 9News Winds of up to 90km/h in speed, waves of higher than five metres and rainfall totals of up to 15mm are expected. Residents along most of the New South Wales coast are bracing for damaging wind and surf conditions to hit the state this afternoon as a strong cold front crosses Australia’s south-east.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Severe Weather Warning for parts of NSW extending from Kempsey on the mid-north coast down to the Victorian border and as far west as Canberra.

Meteorologists have predicted a very likely chance of winds of up to 70km/h, which are expected to strengthen throughout the afternoon, with peak gusts of speeds up to 90km/h in the warning zone.

a close up of a map: Residents along most of the NSW coastline are bracing for a series of thunderstorms, damaging winds and strong surf conditions to hit. © Ventusky Residents along most of the NSW coastline are bracing for a series of thunderstorms, damaging winds and strong surf conditions to hit.

Those winds are also forecast to continue moving up the NSW coastline, hitting the Sydney metropolitan area early tomorrow morning with very strong gusts.

Adding to the winds, the BoM has also said surf conditions could rise higher than five metres during the cold front and could cause localised erosion damage along the state’s coast.

A series of isolated rainfalls and possible thunderstorms should this afternoon cross over parts of NSW as the weather system strengthens.

Weatherzone meteorologists told 9News.com.au areas within the BoM warning zone could receive up to 15mm of rain this afternoon, including towns as far inland as Jindabyne.

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Towns and cities in the state’s south-east, ranging down to the Victorian border, are forecast to receive the worst of the weather.

Widespread rain falling over the NSW interior regions, including the Central West slopes and plains, may also turn into snow with today’s low temperatures.

The damaging weather comes as the strong cold front has today also affected parts of Victoria and Tasmania over the last 24 hours and caused 30mm rainfall totals and 100km/h winds.

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