Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Snowy Mountains, Australian Capital Territory and parts of Illawarra, South Coast, Southern Tablelands and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.

Issued at 4:23 pm Wednesday, 27 December 2023.
Severe thunderstorms are developing in the south east this afternoon.

Weather situation: An upper trough traversing across the eastern part of New South Wales is combining with a very moist and unstable air mass to enhance the risk of severe thunderstorms

Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours. Locations which may be affected include Braidwood, Bega, Canberra, Cooma, Tumbarumba and Khancoban.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in the Hunter and Metropolitan districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Move your car under cover.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don't walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.
* 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.
* Unplug computers and appliances.
* Avoid using the phone during the storm.
* Stay indoors away from windows, and keep children and pets indoors as well.
* Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires.
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES (NSW and ACT) on 132 500.