Sydney weather alert

There is a severe wind warning for Sydney, the Illawarra region and Central Coast.

The BOM of NSW predicts winds up to 90km/hr will hit Sydney this afternoon and into tonight.

The strong winds could bring damange to homes and businesses across the Warning zone.

The winds come as 40C+ temperatures are experienced across Sydney, from the east to the west.

Aircraft flights could be impacted as pilots struggle in the cross winds. If conditions persist some flights may divert to other cities, such as Newcastle, Brisbane and Melboure.

Sydney Weather Forecast.

Weather Situation: A gusty southerly change in expected to move through the Illawarra, Sydney and Central Coast late this afternoon and during the evening after a hot day.

SOUTHERLY winds averaging 55 to 65km/h with possible gusts in excess of 90km/h are expected to develop along parts of the Illawarra coast later this afternoon and extend northwards. Exposed parts of the Sydney coastal fringe are expected to be impacted during the late afternoon or early evening, and the Central Coast in the early evening.

Southerly winds are forecast to decrease in the late evening, though remain fresh.

Locations which may be affected include the Sydney coastal fringe, Wollongong, Woy Woy, The Entrance, Bulli, Port Kembla and Kiama.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 
* Move vehicles 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. 
* For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500. 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm AEDT Thursday.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 218. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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