WET WEATHER FORECAST
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.”