Heavy downpours, gale force winds and monster swell to lash NSW

HEAVY rainfall, gale-force winds and large swells are set to lash the NSW coastline over the coming days.

A low pressure system is set to bring the downpours from today with some areas of the South Coast forecast to receive up to 100 millimetres of rain across Monday.

Areas around Sydney, Woolongong, the Central Coast and Newcastle could see anywhere up to 35mm of rain on Tuesday.


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“It looks like the low is going to develop a bit further off the coast than the ones that bring the flooding rains we sometimes see in those systems,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jane Golding told reporters on Sunday.

From Tuesday, the winds are expected to be an area of concern, with the Bureau issuing a gale warning for Sydney Closed Waters, Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast.

A hazardous surf warning has also been issued for Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast with large swells expected right along the coastline.

“The waves do look like they’ll be pretty big – more than five metres in open waters to the east,” Ms Golding said.

“It’s certainly not a day to be out boating and one to take care if you’re in the surf zone.”

People along the coast have been urged to prepare their properties and watch for updates and warnings.

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