Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Central West Slopes and Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Tablelands and parts of North West Slopes and Plains, Upper Western and Snowy Mountains Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:51 pm Sunday, 29 May 2022.

Damaging winds developing overnight and extending east during Monday.

Weather Situation: A low pressure system over the Great Australian Bight and associated cold front will strengthen as they move eastwards on Monday.

DAMAGING WINDS averaging 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely over the far west of New South Wales from early Monday morning, reaching the Great Dividing Range by Monday afternoon and the east coast Monday evening.

Saturated soils bring an increased risk of gusty winds toppling trees and powerlines.

Locations which may be affected include Lismore, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Armidale, Orange, Canberra, Goulburn, Tamworth, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin, Cobar and Broken Hill.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move vehicles 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.
* Trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
* 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.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.