Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 10:08 pm Friday, 16 July 2021.

VIGOROUS WINDS ACROSS THE RANGES AND FAR WEST TODAY AND SATURDAY.

A deep low pressure system southwest of Tasmania will move slowly east over the next couple of days. A series of troughs and cold fronts associated with this low are forecast to cross southeast Australia during this period, bringing a vigorous westerly airflow to the region, particularly today and Saturday.

EAST: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are likely in parts of eastern districts including the Alpine, Southern Tablelands, Illawarra, Blue Mountains and elevated parts of the Mid North Coast, Hunter, South Coast, ACT and parts of the South West Slopes. BLIZZARD CONDITIONS are also possible above 1500 metres in the Alpine region with blowing snow.

The area of damaging winds is forecast to extend Saturday morning to include parts of the Northern Tablelands and Sydney Metropolitan districts.

The threat of damaging winds in the eastern area will be most extensive during Saturday afternoon with an easing trend early Sunday morning.

WEST:

Damaging winds with gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible, most likely in association with gusty showers or thunderstorms. The threat of damaging winds in the western area is forecast to ease early Saturday.

Locations which may be affected include Sydney,Wollongong, Newcastle, Nowra, Bowral, Armidale, Katoomba, Goulburn, Broken Hill and Wentworth.

Recent recorded wind gusts include:

* Kurnell - 98km/h at 3:48pm.

* Bellambi - 96 km/h at 03:13 pm.

* Williamtown - 107km/h at 1:43pm.

* Port Kembla - 100 km/h at 12:37 pm.

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.