A taste of warmth to come

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - ALEX LUTTRELL

TASMANIANS and tourists alike have taken ad­van­tage of some rare spring weather ahead of 100km/h winds ex­pected to hit the state today.

Brisbane tourists Ava, 10, and Hugo Tay­lor, 7, en­joyed the sun­shine at Sandy Bay’s Long Beach yes­ter­day, but the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has is­sued a se­vere weather warn­ing for dam­ag­ing winds over parts of western, south­ern, east­ern and in­land Tas­ma­nia today.

Winds will av­er­age 60km/h with gusts to 100km/h pos­si­ble.

Lo­ca­tions that may be af­fected in­clude Cur­rie, Oat­lands, Swansea, Bicheno, Or­ford, Stra­han, Queen­stown, New Norfolk, Both­well, Ho­bart, Geeve­ston and Dover.

Rain is also forecast for Ho­bart and Launce­s­ton today, with snow ex­pected down to 500m on Mt Welling­ton.

Bureau fore­caster David Matthews said Tasmanians could ex­pect some more spring warmth later in the week.

Ho­bart will reach 20C today and al­though drop­ping to 12C to­mor­row, it is ex­pected to reach 17C on Wed­nes­day and 20C on Thurs­day.

“It’s start­ing to move into more of a spring pat­tern now with the weather to warm up in be­tween cold fronts,” Mr Matthews said.

On Fri­day a ridge is com­ing through with a warm front on the week­end.”

Fri­day will get to 16C, Saturday 18C and Sun­day 15C.

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