The Riverina is facing another stormy afternoon on Tuesday with predictions of severe thunderstorms across the region.
A severe thunderstorm warning for gusty inland storms sweeping across nearly one-third of NSW was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) just after 1pm.
The forecast comes the morning after a wild Monday afternoon of patchy storms that dumped up to 28mm in parts of Wagga, while entire suburbs didn’t see a drop of rain.
The BoM is predicted an 80 per cent chance of showers in the Riverina’s east and medium in the rest of the region, with the chance of a possibly severe thunderstorm.
It warned on Monday there could be damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall across NSW, most likely in the afternoon or evening on Tuesday.
The warning issued on Tuesday outlined Albury, Griffith and Wagga as areas likely to be impacted by damaging winds in the storms.
Compared to the recent heatwave, the eastern part of the forecast region is in for a relatively cooler day, with Wagga expected to reach 30 degrees and Albury 31.
There will also be relief for Griffith at 34 degrees and Hay and Deniliquin reaching 36.
The Wagga State Emergency Service shared a storm forecast on its social media pages on Tuesday morning and is preparing for any assistance callouts.
“Thunderstorm forecast for today, including a broad area of severe thunderstorms likely in southeast NSW,” it said in a 10am post.
“If Wagga and surrounds are to be impacted directly, we will notify you on all our social media pages.”
The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
- Move your car 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
- Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill
- Unplug computers and appliances
- Avoid using the phone during the storm
- Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well
- For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500
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