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Gale-force wind to hit Melbourne tonight


September 11, 2018 by admin

Victorians are today being treated to a welcome blast of warmth.

But hold on to your hats – they’ll probably get blown off tomorrow. And snowed on later this week.

Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Phil King said the state was expected to experience a typical topsy-turvy spring week, starting today with temperatures five to six degrees above average.

The mercury is expected to hit 24 degrees in Melbourne today, and as high as 28 in Mildura and the north-west of the state, where the forest fire danger rating is expected to border extreme.

But Mr King said a strong cold front would cross the Great Australian Bight today and reach western Victoria by this evening.

The bureau issued a severe weather warning at 11am today for all Victorian districts for destructive and damaging winds, which are expected to start buffeting the state late this evening and into tomorrow.

Alpine areas and parts of the north-east, west and south Gippsland and east Gippsland forecast districts are expected to be lashed by winds averaging between 80 and 100km/h, with peak gusts of up to 140km/h tomorrow morning.

“We may see winds gusting up to around 100-120 kilometres an hour in the Melbourne region and over much of the state,” Mr King said.

“This looks like a large-scale event, the first really windy spring period that we’ve had with strong to gale-force northerly winds.”

The strong northerly winds are expected to keep overnight temperatures high, with the mercury not expected to drop below 16 degrees tonight.

“Then we will see another low pressure system and another front move across Bass Strait on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning,” Mr King said.

“Although the winds may moderate a little bit on Wednesday afternoon, they will come back just as vicious on Wednesday evening and then ease later during Thursday morning.”

Cooler conditions are expected to return on Thursday, when snow is forecast to fall down to 1500 metres, lowering to 1100 metres on Friday.

Mr King said this was typical spring weather.

“When you get warm conditions and then a rapid change in temperature, it’s often accompanied with wind,” he said.

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