Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Illawarra, Snowy Mountains and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and Australian Capital Territory Forecast Districts.

Issued at 8:39 am Wednesday, 28 July 2021.


An approaching cold front is generating a vigorous northwesterly flow across New South Wales, particularly across southeastern parts today. The front will push off the southern coast today and reach northeastern NSW early Thursday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible for the Snowy Mountains and eastern parts of Southern Tablelands, southern parts of the ACT, Central Tablelands and parts of the Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts today before easing tonight.

For Alpine areas above 1900 metres: winds are likely to average 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h from this evening.

BLIZZARDS are expected this morning for Alpine areas above 1600 metres. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that back country travel be postponed until conditions improve.

Locations which may be affected include Wollongong, Cooma, Nowra, Bowral, Braidwood, Katoomba, Goulburn and Thredbo.

Perisher Valley reported a wind gust of 91 km/h at 1:11am

Gudgenby (PCS) in the ACT reported a wind gust of 91 km/h at 6:00am, with mean wind speeds averaging over 60 km/h since 5:00am

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.