Severe weather warning: Gale force winds to hit western Sydney

Wind gusts of up to 110km/h an hour are expected in Sydney and the Blue Mountains today as a cold front moves through much of south-east Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology renewed its severe weather warning this morning, forecasting damaging winds across the metropolitan area and the south-east of the state.

Western Sydney residents are waking up to winds averaging 40 to 50 km/h, with gusts of 59 km/h recorded this morning at Sydney Airport and Kurnell. Winds are expected to intensify throughout the morning and peak mid-afternoon, with main gusts reaching reach 80 to 90 km/h in the city, mainly along the coast.

The bureau is advising people to move vehicles under cover, secure loose items and stay away from fallen power lines.

No storm activity is predicted and the bureau advises just a 10 per cent chance of rain in the Sydney area, with the temperature peaking at 17 degrees.

Winds will die down in the evening ahead of an overnight lull, but are expected to pick up again Wednesday, although not as strong. Thursday and Friday will be calmer before a windy but dry weekend returns.

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