Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Riverina, Lower Western, Upper Western and parts of South Coast, Southern Tablelands and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 6:46 pm Friday, 28 January 2022.

Large slow moving thunderstorms are developing in the west of the state and in the south east.

Weather Situation: A very humid and moisture rich airmass over western and southern New South Wales is leading to slow moving thunderstorms this evening.

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Albury, Deniliquin, Hay, Cobar, Broken Hill and Balranald.

Delta AWS (west of Bourke) recorded 46.8mm in the 1hr to 5pm

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.