The Southern Tableland area will be on high alert this week with a severe thunder storm warning and temperatures set to rise throughout the week.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) have suggested that Southern Tableland residents prepare by ensuring the safety of themselves and their surrounding neighbours.
"There is a severe thunderstorm warning for the Southern Tablelands and parts of the Illawarra region also," the BOM spokesperson said.
"Damaging winds will be the main concern with large hail possible.
"We would advise for people to move their cars under shelter and away from trees.
"If they have any loose items around the house, balcony or in the backyard to secure them down or pack them away.
"Also ensure things are at least eight metres away from power lines."
As the week progresses the Southern Tablelands area may experience higher heat levels that appear likely to reach official Heatwave levels.
A fire warning will be in place for parts of northern New South Wales as hot and windy conditions impact the region, and there are active fires in the area.
"By the end of this week it could be very hot," BOM spokesperson said.
"We advise to follow all fire warnings and be safe in the hot, dry conditions."
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