Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Mid North Coast, Hunter, Metropolitan, Illawarra and parts of South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes and Plains and Northern Tablelands Forecast Districts.

Issued at 10:32 pm Sunday, 6 March 2022.

Heavy rainfall expected over the coming days.

An upper low over northern NSW will slowly move south tonight and into Monday. A surface trough off the NSW coast is expected to strengthen, bringing moist southeasterlies onto the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan area, Illawarra, South Coast, and parts of the Tablelands and Northwest Slopes and Plains..

HEAVY RAINFALL which may lead to flash flooding is forecast for the Mid North Coast, Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan area, Illawarra, South Coast, and parts of the Tablelands. Six-hourly rainfall totals between 70 to 120 mm are possible overnight Sunday about Mid North Coast and south parts of the North West Slopes and Plains and Northern tablelands districts, and south through the Hunter, Sydney Metropolitan area.

Heavy rainfall will extend southwards from early Monday morning and throughout the day to include Illawarra, South Coast and eastern Tablelands, whilst continuing through Mid North Coast and south parts of the North West Slopes and Plains and Northern tablelands.

Thunderstorms are occurring over the northern parts of the warning area. Locally intense falls are possible. Separate severe thunderstorm warnings will be issued if this eventuates.

Heavy rainfall increases the potential for landslides and debris across roads.

A Flood Watch and multiple Flood Warnings are current for parts of New South Wales. For more details, please visit www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings.

Locations which may be affected include Coffs Harbour, Scone, Kempsey, Coonabarabran, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Bega, Goulburn, Tamworth and Gunnedah.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* 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.
* 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.