Australia weather: Winter cold front brings rain, winds to southeast corner on Tuesday

Severe weather warnings are in effect for parts of southeast Australia. Further destructive wind gusts are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A seasonal cold front is expected to move through southeast Australia in the second week of winter, moving north toward Sydney by Wednesday., with wind speeds of well over 100 km/h hitting Tasmania and Victoria on Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued severe weather warnings for damaging winds in northern and western Tasmania and surrounding islands, as well as for the mountains of northern and northeastern Victoria, Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula, and the mountain ranges in NSW.

“In all of these locations, wind speeds could exceed 90 to 100 km/h,” said Angus Hines, senior meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology.

“But around some of these mountains, 120-130 [km/h is] not excluded for the strongest gusts

“This is strong enough to knock down trees and branches, potentially cause power outages, damage property and create hazardous driving conditions, particularly for tall vehicles such as caravans and motorcycles.”

Rain is also expected in southeastern Australia. Hail is forecast for the night from Tuesday to Wednesday and for Tasmania and the south coast of Victoria.

Storm warnings are also in place for areas in the south-east of South Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology has also put sheep farmers on alert. The warnings say there is a risk of losing lambs and sheep exposed to the cold, rain showers and strong northwesterly winds.

Winter cold and strong winds caused the perceived temperature in central and eastern Tasmania to fall below freezing on Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Melbourne residents woke up to strong winds and rain. Melbourne Airport recorded a perceived temperature of -0.5 °C and gusts of up to 72 km/h.

According to Weatherzone, Victoria and New South Wales are expected to feel the cold front most on Tuesday and Wednesday.

After a not particularly favourable start to the ski season, the cold front is bringing heavy snowfall to the Alpine resorts; the Meteorological Office is predicting 5 to 20 cm of snowfall.

This week’s strong cold front was preceded by heavy rainfall in southwest Western Australia and southeast New South Wales.

Weekly rainfall amounts exceeded 100 mm, with isolated amounts exceeding 200 mm in the Illawarra district of New South Wales, while parts of the Central West and Gascoyne districts of Western Australia recorded weekly totals exceeding 100 mm.

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