The Bureau of Meteorology and NSW State Emergency Service have launched their summer storm campaign in Penrith.
Penrith has recorded its hottest March temperature since 1998, with the mercury rising above 40 degrees this afternoon.
Penrith locals are in for a sweltering Christmas Day, with temperatures to reach the mid-30s next Sunday.
Penrith is getting a reprieve from wet weather, but warnings remain in place as parts of the Local Government Area are urged to evacuate due to flooding.
Dozens of local suburbs are being urged to conserve water in the coming days due to the ongoing extreme weather.
As rain continues to pour in Penrith and other parts of the state, experts warn that residents should remain on alert for more flood risks.
Evacuation orders and warnings are in place for several parts of the Penrith region has rain continues to lash Sydney.
Relentless rain continues to lash Penrith, causing havoc on the roads and sparking warnings of looming evacuations in some areas.
Commuters are asked to avoid all non-essential travel as severe weather continues to impact the state’s rail network with flooding, landslips and trees on tracks.
Most schools across the Penrith Local Government Area will be closed tomorrow as the rain that has soaked the region for the past week delivers its finale - with some 150mm expected.
Firefighters have overcome floodwaters to carry out a rescue of a furry kind at Wallacia.
Just 7mm of rain has fallen in Penrith since 9am, with the area appearing to avoid another deluge in a major relief to local residents.
Evacuation warnings have been issued for parts of the Penrith Local Government Area with residents being warned they may be ordered to leave their homes within hours.
Warragamba Dam has reached capacity and commenced spilling at around 3am this morning, Water NSW has confirmed.
The Bureau of Meteorology now says up to 120mm of rain could fall in Penrith tomorrow, sparking concerns of flash flooding and dangerous conditions on the roads.
Local residents can pick up sandbags from Jamison Park as preparations continue for heavy rain in the coming days.
Oliver Lachat had just returned home to his two sons on Monday evening when he realised that his Glenmore Park residence had been struck by lightning in Monday’s violent storm.
A fierce storm has ripped through Penrith, leaving behind a trail of destruction and thousands of homes without power.
A freak storm has torn through Penrith, bringing with it heavy rain and hail - but it was over almost as quickly as it arrived.
Minor flooding of the Nepean River at Penrith is possible tonight, but the danger of moderate or major flooding appears to have passed.