A severe weather warning has been issued for Sydney, with a thunderstorm that has wreaked havoc in western Sydney heading towards the CBD and eastern suburbs.
Parts of western Sydney were lashed on Monday afternoon by winds that were strong enough to bring down trees in the Penrith area.
At least one tree was levelled at Glenbrook as wind gusts reached 78km/h.
Bureau of Meteorology experts said the conditions were ripe for storms all over the state.
“The storm has been caused by tropical moisture combining with an inland trough that began in the Blue Mountains and is now tracking towards the city centre,” Bureau of Meteorology duty meteorologist Hugh McDowell told NCA NewsWire.
“We have issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Sydney.
“Although it is showing signs of weakening, the storm is tracking east towards the eastern suburbs and central Sydney.
“Those areas may experience lightning and quite heavy rain in short bursts.”
Meanwhile, other severe storms are battering parts of NSW.
The Hunter Region has experienced gusts nearing 100km/h and hail at Maitland.
Heavy rain lashed Cassilis in the central west with 31mm falling in 30 minutes.
The BOM warns Monday’s storms are just the beginning for a rain-soaked week in the state.
“A deepening surface trough over eastern Aust will combine with moist & humid air to bring showers & thunderstorms to large parts of the state. Severe Thunderstorms are possible,” the BOM wrote in a social media update.