Heavy rain, damaging winds to hit in Victoria, Tasmania and NSW

It’s set to be a wild finish to the week in the nation’s southeast with a number of states to be hit by extreme thunderstorms, heavy rain and damaging winds.

The extreme circumstances will start in Victoria, Tasmania, southwest Queensland and inland NSW on Friday earlier than pushing into japanese NSW and southern Queensland on Saturday.

Showers, sturdy winds and cooler circumstances are additionally anticipated in South Australia on Friday, whereas southern Western Australia can also be anticipating rain, with up to 15mm forecast in the higher Perth space on Saturday and 25mm on Sunday.

Climate bureau meteorologist Dean Narramore mentioned a band of rain and extreme thunderstorms would lengthen from southwest Queensland proper down into Victoria and Tasmania on Friday with heavy rainfall probably.

Wind gusts of greater than 100km/h have already hit Victoria’s alpine areas on Friday morning with Mount Hotham recording winds of 111km/h, Falls Creek 107km/h and Ben Nevis 95km/h, whereas Casterton in western Victoria has already seen 10mm of rain.

Clouds brewing on a muggy and still afternoon in Sandringham on Thursday.
Digicam IconClouds brewing on a muggy and nonetheless afternoon in Sandringham on Thursday. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Penny Stephens

A number of extreme climate warning are in place throughout Victoria, together with Melbourne, northern Tasmania, the Snowy Mountains in NSW, elements of Gascoyne and Central West districts in Western Australia and southern South Australia.

A highway climate alert in additionally in place for all of Melbourne with the climate bureau warning of harmful driving circumstances and decreased visibility in heavy rain and gusty winds on Friday.

“An higher trough raced north from properly south of Australia (on Thursday) and is starting to develop right into a low strain system because it interacts with tropical moisture,” Mr Narramore mentioned.

Wild and wet weather is set to lash Victoria on Friday February 5, 2020, bringing storms, strong winds and possible flooding.
Digicam IconWild and moist climate is about to lash Victoria on Friday February 5, 2020, bringing storms, sturdy winds and potential flooding. Credit score: Equipped, Bureau of Meteorology

“This low will carry widespread rain, extreme storms and damaging winds to a lot of southeastern Australia in coming days.

“Extreme climate warnings are present for elements of Victoria and Tasmania for heavy rain and damaging winds with falls in extra of 100mm potential in these areas and winds up to 100km/h potential for alpine areas.”

Mr Narramore mentioned flood watches had been additionally present throughout the nation, notably in northeast Victorian and northern Tasmania, with moist catchments and heavy falls probably to lead to flash and riverine flooding.

“Extreme thunderstorm warnings are additionally probably to be issued for giant areas of southeastern Australia on Friday,” he mentioned.

“Extreme thunderstorms with massive hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall are probably on Friday, notably for inland areas of NSW.

“The band of rain and storms will transfer into japanese NSW on Saturday and proceed in southern Queensland because the low slowly weakens and strikes away, whereas rain and winds slowly ease in Victoria and Tasmania.”

Up to 8mm of rain has been forecast in Sydney on Saturday with the prospect of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and night.

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