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Cold temperatures and gusty winds easing for south-east Australia, with major flooding continuing in New South Wales and extreme fire danger for South Australia


A late spring cold burst moved over south-east Australia on Monday, with damaging winds and cold temperatures into Tuesday morning.

Widespread damaging winds were observed across Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales, causing trees to fall, properties to lose power and late season snow for the Alpine regions.

Small hail was observed on Monday across a number of locations, particularly through Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

Some of the highest rainfalls in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday include:

  • 40mm at Henty Canal, Tas
  • 38mm at Wonthaggi, Vic
  • 37mm at Mount Read, Tas
  • 30mm at Zeehan, Tas
  • 27mm at Tanjil South, Vic
  • 16mm at Perisher Valley, NSW

Some of the highest wind gusts in the 24 hours to 9am Tuesday include:

  • 131km/h at Hogan Is, Vic
  • 130km/h at Wilsons Promontory, Vic
  • 130km/h at Cape Grim, Tas
  • 104km/h at kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Tas
  • 104km/h at Port Botany, NSW
  • 102km/h at Thredbo, NSW
  • 102km/h at Eildon Fire Tower, Vic
  • 102km/h at Kiama, NSW
  • 101km/h at St Kilda Harbour, Vic

On Tuesday, maximum temperatures will remain 5 -10 degrees below average, especially for inland areas of south-east Australia.

Damaging winds will continue on Tuesday for elevated parts of south-east New South Wales, easing at night – a Severe Weather Warning is current for NSW Alpine areas.

Blizzard conditions are possible about higher terrain in New South Wales however, the snow level will rapidly rise throughout the day, with only flurries for the higher peaks by Tuesday afternoon.

A Severe Weather Warning is also current for parts of Tasmania, including Hobart, for damaging winds increase during Tuesday.

For the rest of south-east Australia, windy conditions will continue for much of the day, especially for coastal and mountain areas. Gusty winds will ease late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

Isolated showers are expected today for south-east South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and south-east New South Wales, although they will be more frequent in coastal areas and the Victorian Alps.

For the remainder of the week, a high-pressure system will develop over southern Australia, and showers will become patchy.

By Friday there will be a shift to warmer northerly winds which will push temperatures up over South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

Warm to hot conditions will be develop for western and central South Australia, with heat and fire dangers building across the state from Thursday and by Friday, Catastrophic Fire Dangers are forecast for parts of the Eyre Peninsula.

Major flooding continues to impact many communities across inland New South Wales, and along the Victorian border.

Floodwaters are now making their way downstream into South Australia, and significant impacts are expected for the Riverland district in coming weeks.

Residents and communities living on or near any rivers, creeks, and streams or in low-lying areas should stay up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings via our website and BOM Weather app and follow the advice of emergency services.