Severe weather warning for the region

The Bureau of Meteorlogy has issued a flood watch for the Peel, Namoi, Hunter and Gwyder river catchments as over 100 mm could fall.

A slow moving trough over northern New South Wales will interact with increasing tropical humidity to bring widespread rain to northern parts of the state today. A transient low pressure system may develop within this trough on Tuesday, but the system will weaken and move away to the east by the evening.

HEAVY RAINFALL, which may lead to FLASH FLOODING and RIVERINE FLOODING, is expected to develop across the Northwest Slopes and Plains and parts of the Central West Slopes and Plains and Upper Western forecast districts from Monday morning. Rainfall will increase and spread east, reaching the Hunter and parts of the Northern Tablelands and Mid North Coast, during Monday afternoon and evening.

Conditions are currently forecast to ease during Tuesday morning.

Embedded thunderstorms may locally enhance rainfall rates, leading to intense rainfall and potentially life threatening flash flooding.

Further river rises are likely, and a Flood Watch is current for several river catchments. For more information see www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings.

Locations which may be affected include Tamworth, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Scone, Coonabarabran Armidale and Maitland.