Severe thunderstorm warning for Riverina as skies open up

A severe thunderstorm warning for the Riverina and South West Slopes has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. Picture: BoM/bom.gov.au
A severe thunderstorm warning for the Riverina and South West Slopes has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology. Picture: BoM/bom.gov.au

The Riverina is set for a soaking on Monday, with the skies opening up in the first hours of the week and the weather bureau warning the region is in for a big one.

A severe thunderstorm warning for the Riverina, South West Slopes and Central West Slopes and Plains weather districts was released by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) shortly after 6am.

The region should batten down the hatches as heavy storms with damaging winds and rain that may lead to flash flooding moves across the state, the BoM advised.

Wagga, Griffith, West Wyalong, Termora, Young and Cowra are particularly likely to be hit by the wet weather.

Monday forecast

  • Wagga 17C
  • Albury 18C
  • Hay 23C
  • Deniliquin 22C
  • Griffith 21C

“A trough extending from western Queensland to the northern inland of New South Wales is deepening, as a low pressure system develops within the trough in the far north west of the state,” the BoM’s Monday morning forecast said.

“This system will generate widespread rain in the southeast during the day, and showers and thunderstorms elsewhere. Weather will improve on Tuesday as the low moves rapidly towards New Zealand and a ridge extends from the Bight across New South Wales.”

Thunderstorms are predicted for the morning and, particularly in the north east, while temperatures are set to reach between 17 and 25 across the region.

Rainfall at 7.30am

  • West Wyalong 18.6mm
  • Albury 12.8
  • Griffith 9.4
  • Hay 13.6mm
  • Kapooka 12.4
  • Wagga 10mm
  • Yanco 7.4mm
  • Young 14.2mm

The wet weather won’t be here for long, however, with clearing and sunny days forecast for the rest of the week before temperatures soar to a predicted 33 degrees in parts of the Riverina at the weekend.

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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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