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WET WEATHER FORECAST

- JACK PAYNTER

AUSTRALIA’S warm start to spring was set to evaporate as a strong cold front marched across the nation’s southeast on Friday.

Heavy rainfall, thundersto­rms and possible hail is set to wreak havoc along the east coast, with severe weather warnings in place for damaging winds and flooding.

Meteorolog­ist Jackson Browne said heavy rainfall and potential flash flooding would develop over southeast states on Friday. A significan­t cold front that tapped into a band of tropical moisture moved east into Victoria, Tasmania and western NSW overnight, Mr Browne said.

A severe weather waring for damaging winds was issued for Victoria’s alpine regions. A flood watch had been issued for the northeast, central and Gippsland regions of Victoria, with minor to isolated moderate flooding possible in 22 rivers and catchments from Saturday.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds was issued in NSW for parts of the Snowy Mountains, while a moderate to minor flood warning is in place for the Lachlan River.

“In Victoria and NSW, damaging winds with gusts of 110km/h to 120km/h are possible over alpine areas, with gusts of 90km/h expected over the northern suburbs of Melbourne and the Dandenongs,” Mr Browne said.

“The front continues to progress east into NSW on Saturday and Sunday, and a low pressure system may form in the east of Bass Strait.”

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