Forbes airport recorded 26mm in 15 minutes as a storm front rolled across the region on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
All up, Forbes received 38mm of rain in about 40 minutes late Monday afternoon, following severe storm warnings for the central west.
The 26mm fell in 15 minutes just before 5pm, the BOM said, winds of up to 96km/hr were recorded at Cobar and large hail at Wagga Wagga.
Forbes seemed to be in the centre of a system, with Parkes airport missing out on the rain altogether and Cowra recording 12mm.
Orange and Dubbo both recorded 10mm.
Weatherzone records show the temperature peaked at 27 degrees as the storms brewed on Monday, with winds from the north.
The build up began last Thursday with Forbes airport recording a peak of 28 degrees, Friday hit 24.7 and Saturday 23.2 degrees.
Bureau records show the relative humidity peaked at 91 per cent on Sunday and remained steamy at 82 per cent on Monday.