Sydney weather: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for city, NSW Central Coast

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Heavy rain is battering parts of Sydney and NSW as the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe storm warning on Saturday.

"Severe thunderstorms are likely to produce damaging winds and heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding in the warning area over the next several hours," the bureau said in the warning, issued at 7am on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning on Saturday.Credit:Louise Kennerley

"Locations which may be affected include Gosford, Sydney, Wyong, The Entrance and Woy Woy."

The bureau said that if severe thunderstorms developed in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong or surrounding areas, a more detailed warning would be issued later on Saturday.

The Bureau of Meteorology's Jonathan How said in an update on Friday said it would be a "wet and stormy start to the weekend for NSW, eastern Queensland and eastern Victoria, and conditions could become dangerous yet again, with another round of severe thunderstorms on Saturday".

"Sydney, the Illawarra and Canberra could see significant [rain] totals, and there is the risk of some flooding," he said.

More to come.