SUMMER is well and truly over, with severe storms and intense rainfall forecast for the east coast of NSW.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of a developing trough, which could see more than half the monthly rainfall land in just one day in some locations.
"As a coastal trough deepens, dragging humid air down from the tropics, a number of short-lived low pressure systems are expected to develop along the trough near the NSW coast acting as a focal point for showers and severe storms and possibly locally heavy rainfall," meteorologist Diana Eadie said.
"The first of these is expected to develop near Sydney."
This will see Newcastle and the Hunter hit with showers on Thursday and possible thunderstorms in the evening.
"Intense rainfall rates may make roads and watercourses dangerous, and cause damage to property, so make sure you keep an eye out for any severe weather warnings," Ms Eadie said.
The system is expected to move north into the weekend and stall on the coast.
Showers are forecast to stick around in Newcastle, the Lower Hunter, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie through to Tuesday.
Wet days coming up for the coast. Tomorrow looks like it will be the wettest between the Illawarra Coast and the Central Coast (with Sydney right in the middle) ☂️. Explore the details at https://t.co/1yxAIPrpyJ ("50% chance of more than" map below). pic.twitter.com/bXtKG8VGBo— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) March 12, 2019
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