When the wild winds will END: Dangerous icy gusts of up to 110km/h smash NSW and Victoria again but the weather is about to take a BIG turn with summer finally set to arrive
- Windy and cold weather in NSW, VIC, SA, ACT and Tasmania to ease Wednesday
- Strong winds continued to batter southeastern states on Tuesday morning
- Warm temperatures will start from Wednesday, banishing the odd spring snow
Four of Australia’s major cities are battling dangerous winds of up to 110km/h putting more than 12million people at risk but summer weather is just around the corner.
Gale-force winds began on Monday with speeds of 114.8km/h recorded at Thredbo, in NSW‘s Snowy Mountains, and 113km/h at Mount Buller, Victoria.
However, Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Jonathan How said the cold and windy weather could soon be over.
‘It’s very unseasonable to get these kinds of cold conditions in late spring. Thankfully the worst of it looks to be through,’ he said.
Strong winds are set to batter the southeastern states on Tuesday morning before easing in the afternoon (pictured, a map of the wind speeds forecast)
Residents in high-wind areas, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra, were told to be aware of brittle trees that could damage homes (above) and cars
‘The damaging winds will start to ease off from Tuesday afternoon and evening.
‘The weather looks to be calmer and warmer from tomorrow.’
Victoria SES said the majority of calls it received on Monday were caused by fallen trees and urged car-owners to move their vehicles away from danger.
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Sean Kearns backed the advice.
‘We are asking residents to move their cars from beneath trees and to secure items in their yards and businesses which could become airborne, including trampolines or sheet metal,’ he said on Monday.
The SES in Sydney’s metro area responded to 270 storm-related requests for assistance (pictured, pedestrians at Bondi)
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said the southeaster winds (above) are being driven by a ‘powerful subtropical jet and meandering polar jet’
‘Residents can prepare for winds by removing tree branches over buildings, and ensuring roofing is in good order.’
The SES in Sydney’s metro area responded to 270 storm-related requests for assistance in the 24 hours to 3pm on Monday.
A whopping 150 of those requests involved damage from fallen trees.
There are now 100 SES warnings across NSW, including 12 emergency flood warnings.
‘More than 1,000 damage assessments have been undertaken in Forbes, where more than half have experienced some level of damage,’ Mr Kearns said.
‘We have NSW SES crews continuing to assist communities downstream of floodwaters on the Lachlan River at Euabalong and the Edward River at Deniliquin with sandbagging, resupply and evacuation assistance.’
Perisher Ski Resort’s snow stake recorded almost 25cm of snow in 24 hours (pictured, the stake’s livecam)
Unusual freezing late spring temperatures saw heavy snowfall in NSW and Victoria’s alpine regions and down to 500m in Tasmania on Monday (pictured, Perisher Ski Resort)
The cold weather saw high snowfall in NSW and Victoria’s alpine regions and down to 500m in Tasmania on Monday.
A photo of Perisher Ski Resort’s snow stake shows the mountain recorded almost 25cm of snow in 24 hours.
Mr Kearns warned the strong winds and freezing temperatures will create dangerous conditions for some areas.
‘Blizzard warnings are in place for alpine regions,’ he said.
‘We’ve seen high amounts of snow for so late in the season. Perisher saw snow overnight and parts of NSW and Victoria are expected to see dotting on Tuesday.’
Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said the winds are being driven by a ‘powerful subtropical jet and meandering polar jet’.
‘Monday’s blustery weather is being driven by a complex low pressure system passing to the south of Tasmania,’ he said.
‘This low and an associated cold front have already caused wind gusts above 100kmh on Saturday and Sunday, although Monday will be the peak day of wind for many areas in Australia’s southeast.’
FOUR-DAY FORECAST FOR MAJOR CITIES
Monday: Sunny. Max 29
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 18 Max 33
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min 18 Max 25
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 15 Max 23
Monday: Partly cloudy. Max 17
Tuesday: Possible shower. Min 11 Max 19
Wednesday: Possible light shower. Min 12 Max 20
Thursday: Sunny. Min 11 Max 26
Monday: Showers increasing. Windy. Max 14
Tuesday: Possible shower. Min 8 Max 18
Wednesday: Possible shower. Min 12 Max 19
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 21
Monday: Showers, easing later. Max 13
Tuesday: Possible shower. Min 6 Max 16
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 17
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 20
Monday Showers. Max 13
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 15
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 19
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 5 Max 23
Monday: Sunny. Max 25
Tuesday: Sunny. Min 12 Max 24
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 14 Max 26
Thursday: Sunny. Min 14 Max 25
Monday: Sunny .Max 35
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 18 Max 29
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 30
Thursday: Sunny. Min 16 Max 30
Monday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Max 34
Tuesday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 34
Wednesday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 25 Max 33
Thursday: Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 34
Source: Bureau of Meteorology