Much of the greater Sydney area and central west NSW are prepared for noxious winds and large hailstones as part of a severe thunderstorm

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning Monday afternoon for Sydney and parts of the Illawarra, Hunter and Central Tablelands that could last most of the afternoon

The office later expanded the storm-prone area to the Central West Slopes and Plains of NSW as well as parts of the southern plateaus

The state rescue service has recommended that cars be removed from trees in the affected areas and that loose objects be secured

On Monday afternoon, a severe thunderstorm cell also moved northeast from West Sydney to the NSW Central Coast

Meteorologist Helen Reid said on Monday that storms with gusts of 80 km / h had already been registered in the north and east of NSW

“We have a beautiful summer situation where a lot of moisture is being fed in from the tropics,” Reid said in a statement

“The tropical zone of convergence has shifted to the southern hemisphere, bringing that moisture closer to us With an inland trough over NSW that just conducts this moisture above us, she’ll hang around for a few days””

Reid said more thunderstorms would occur in northeast NSW on Tuesday, but a southerly change would ease conditions in south and west NSW

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