100km/h wind blasts strike Sydney, Melbourne: Urgent weather warning for millions

Move your car NOW: Australia’s east coast is battered by 100km/h wind chaos as Sydney and Melbourne are smashed by howling winds – with residents told to tie down loose items and get their cars away from trees

  • Wild weather continues to lash the east coast days out from start of summer
  • Damaging winds of up to 100km/h causing widespread havoc in three states
  • As one state swelters through a heatwave, another shivers through cold front
  • Alpine regions in NSW and Victoria woke up to sub-zero temperatures and snow
  • Parts of east coast will be battered by damaging winds as temperatures rise  

Authorities have issued an urgent warning to millions of New South Wales and Victoria residents as damaging wind gusts of up to 100km/h lead to widespread havoc in Australia’s south-east.

The State Emergency Services have advised residents through most of Victoria and the south of NSW to move their cars away from trees and secure loose items such as trampolines, umbrellas and outdoor furniture.

Powerful gusts led to a runway being shut down at Sydney Airport – with footage emerging of a plane wobbling as it touched down. Winds reached a peak of 98km/h at Nowra, on the NSW south coast, just after 9am on Monday.

A severe weather warning is in place for much of NSW, including the Illawarra, Riverina, and Snowy Mountains. 

Meanwhile, Canberra and Melbourne are also copping damaging winds – with gusts of 107km/h reported at Wilsons Promontory, in Victoria’s south.

This weather map shows the terrifying wind speeds (in purple) lashing large swathes of Australia's east coast on Monday

This weather map shows the terrifying wind speeds (in purple) lashing large swathes of Australia’s east coast on Monday

Passengers on Singapore Airlines flight SIA231 had a terrifying landing at Sydney Airport during 60km/h winds on Monday

Passengers on Singapore Airlines flight SIA231 had a terrifying landing at Sydney Airport during 60km/h winds on Monday

Of the 617 requests for help NSW SES received statewide in the 24 hours up to 5am Monday, more than one third were from Sydney alone with the majority related to fallen trees. 

Crews remained busy on Monday with the City of Sydney branch called out to several jobs involving fallen trees.

Damaging westerly winds averaging 50 to 70km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90km/h are likely across elevated parts and also eastwards to the coast and across the Goulburn region.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are forecast for the alpine and Riverina areas on top of rain and thunderstorms.

‘Winds are expected to moderate across much of the warning area during the evening, however the risk will persist over elevated terrain overnight,’ the Bureau of Meteorology warned.

A severe weather warning of damaging winds is in place for much of NSW from the Central Coast right down to the Victoria border. Areas in yellow are in the firing line

A severe weather warning of damaging winds is in place for much of NSW from the Central Coast right down to the Victoria border. Areas in yellow are in the firing line

Sydney was smashed by damaging winds for a second consecutive day on Monday (pictured City Sydney SES crews clearing fallen trees)

Sydney was smashed by damaging winds for a second consecutive day on Monday (pictured City Sydney SES crews clearing fallen trees)

SES crews have been inundated with requests for assistance to clear fallen trees, including the heart of the CBD

SES crews have been inundated with requests for assistance to clear fallen trees, including the heart of the CBD

It comes as Thredbo and Perisher shivered through sub-zero temperatures as fresh snow blanketed the ski resorts.

Australia’s east coast continues to be smashed by extreme weather with everything from sub-zero temperatures and snow to severe heatwave conditions, damaging winds, hail and floods.

Brisbane and the Gold Coast are getting an early taste of summer in the coming days as temperatures surge well into the 30s.

The Queensland capital is expected to swelter through back-to-back days of 35C while a three-day severe heatwave warning has been issued for northern parts of the Sunshine State.

Maximum temperatures of up to 40C are forecast for Queensland’s north for much of the next week.

It’s a different story down south as ski resorts in Victoria’s alpine region woke up to freezing conditions and fresh snow on Monday, just days out from the start of summer.

Elsewhere, the ongoing flood crisis in central-west and southern NSW is far from over as the towns of Deniliquin and Condobolin brace for the worst.

Meanwhile Sydneysiders had to hold onto their hats as damaging winds swept the city and parts of NSW, ripping up trees and tearing off roofs in parts of the city’s west. 

As a cold outbreak sweeps across south-eastern Australia (the coldest areas in blue), the country's north (in red) is sweltering through a heatwave

As a cold outbreak sweeps across south-eastern Australia (the coldest areas in blue), the country’s north (in red) is sweltering through a heatwave

It’s been a return to winter for parts of Australia with ski resorts across Victoria and southern NSW recording overnight temperatures as low as -5C.

The Mount Buller and Falls Creek resorts in Victoria shared incredible vision of fresh snow on Monday morning with 15-30cm of white power forecast for the rest of the day while another 5-10cm drop on Tuesday could be the last for 2022. 

It’s part of a cold outbreak sweeping across south-east Australia with Melbourne set to reach a top of 14C on Monday before it sees 27C-plus temperatures by the weekend.

A severe weather warning of damaging winds averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 110 km/h was also issued statewide.

Wilsons Promontory, located south-east of Melbourne had winds of up to 107km/h on Monday morning.

‘Winds are expected to moderate during this evening, although South Gippsland coastal locations will remain a risk overnight,’ a Bureau of Meteorology alert states.

Locations include Horsham, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Shepparton, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.

Across the Bass Strait, rain in Hobart will keep temperatures to a top of 13C.

Monday will also be the coldest day of the week for Adelaide with a top of 17C before the mercury surges into the 30s by Friday. 

Mount Buller in Victoria's alpine region woke up to a fresh dumping of snow of Monday, 10 days out from the start of summer

Mount Buller in Victoria’s alpine region woke up to a fresh dumping of snow of Monday, 10 days out from the start of summer

Alpine regions shivered through freezing overnight temperatures, including Mount Buller

Alpine regions shivered through freezing overnight temperatures, including Mount Buller

Sydney enjoyed above-average temperatures on the weekend, despite a cold front sweeping across the harbour city early Sunday.

‘After the strong cold front, the winds turned to a westerly direction. This direction directly combats the cooling seabreeze, preventing it from forming,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard said.

‘Another reason why a westerly wind is warmer is due to the Foehn effect, which occurs when a strong wind blows off a mountain range and descends the other side. When the air descends, it heats up rapidly at a rate of about 10C for every 1000m it drops. 

‘For Sydney, the mountain range involved is the Blue Mountains, allowing westerly winds to warm up quickly.’

A warning for damaging winds remains in place for the harbour city, despite sunny conditions for the rest of the week with 27C forecast for this Saturday with warmer weather in the west. 

The weather forecast isn’t so bright for western parts of the state which continue to be lashed by torrential rain, damaging winds and floods.

There are 102 warnings in place in the state, including 16 at emergency level. 

Sydney and Brisbane will enjoy perfect beach weather this week as temperatures soar into the 30s (pictured, Sydneysiders at Bondi)

Sydney and Brisbane will enjoy perfect beach weather this week as temperatures soar into the 30s (pictured, Sydneysiders at Bondi)

Residents in the Riverina town of Deniliquin have been ordered by authorities to evacuate by Wednesday.

There are also concerns for the central-west town of Condobolin, where the Lachlan River is expected to peak on Wednesday.

Many SES calls for help were in response to damage caused by high winds, including roofs flying off and fallen trees and powerlines.

Australian Defence Force personnel fill sandbags in Forbes, which remains underwater in central-west NSW

Australian Defence Force personnel fill sandbags in Forbes, which remains underwater in central-west NSW

‘With the winds, because everything is so wet, we are expecting to see trees and even powerlines topple more easily today,’ meteorologist Jonathan How told ABC.

‘The winds will continue into tonight and possibly even into tomorrow morning as well. By tomorrow, we should see some of the strongest winds start to ease off.’

Monday will be a hot 35C in Brisbane as Queenslanders further north swelter through a heatwave.

‘All these locations would normally receive a cooling seabreeze but the westerly winds coming off the Great Dividing Range are acting to raise the mercury,’ Mr Pippard said.

‘Temperatures will cool down over the next few days in the east as the airmass cools further and seabreezes start to form once again, although more heat could be on the way next weekend.’

A weather warning has also been issued for a 100km stretch of the Queensland coast with severe storms forecast between Bowen and Gympie on Monday, bringing localised damaging winds, heavy rain and large hail.

‘More dangerous storms may develop between St Lawrence and Bundaberg,’ the bureau added.

Elsewhere across the nation, Perth will reach a top of 33C on Tuesday before conditions cool while in the Top End, maximum daily temperatures in Darwin remain in the mid-30s.

The massive clean up job has only just started in Eugowra in central NSW after the town was wiped out by major flooding

The massive clean up job has only just started in Eugowra in central NSW after the town was wiped out by major flooding

Your four day weather forecast 

PERTH

Monday: Sunny. Max29

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min18Max33

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min18Max25

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min15Max23

ADELAIDE

Monday: Partly cloudy.Max17

Tuesday: Possible shower.Min11Max19

Wednesday: Possible light shower. Min12Max20

Thursday: Sunny.Min11 Max26

MELBOURNE

Monday: Showers increasing. Windy.Max14

Tuesday: Possible shower.Min8Max18

Wednesday: Possible shower.Min12Max19

Thursday: Partly cloudy.Min11Max21

HOBART

Monday: Showers, easing later.Max13

Tuesday: Possible shower.Min6Max16

Wednesday: Partly cloudy.Min8Max17

Thursday: Partly cloudy.Min11Max20

 

CANBERRA

MondayShowers.Max13

Tuesday: Partly cloudy.Min3Max15

Wednesday: Partly cloudy.Min9Max19

Thursday: Mostly sunny.Min5Max23

SYDNEY

Monday: Sunny.Max25

Tuesday: Sunny.Min12Max24

Wednesday: Sunny.Min14Max26

Thursday: Sunny.Min14Max25

BRISBANE

Monday: Sunny.Max35

Tuesday: Mostly sunny.Min18Max29

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min16Max30

Thursday: Sunny. Min16Max30

DARWIN

Monday: Shower or two. Possible storm.Max34

Tuesday: Shower or two. Possible storm.Min26Max34

Wednesday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min25Max33

Thursday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min26Max34

 

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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