WILD WINDS are battering parts of NSW and Victoria with warnings of gales and dangerous gusts of up to 100km/h.
Already on Wednesday, gusts of 91km/h have been recorded at Newcastle Airport and 87km/h at the iconic Nobbys Beach close to the northern NSW city’s CBD.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has issued a series of severe weather warnings following a deep low weather trough parking itself off the coast of NSW.
Damaging winds of 60km/h and gusts of 100km/h could hit elevated parts of eastern Victoria with heavy rain possibly leading to flash flooding in Gippsland.
Gales are also forecast for the NSW coast including further gusts of 90/km/h or more across Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, mid north coast, northern tablelands, south coast and Wollongong.
Duty forecaster at the Bureau, Katarina Kovacevic, told news.com.au that the winds were strong enough to fell trees and powerlines and even pick up objects and send them flying.
“Those winds are starting to get dangerous and at that speed can pick up objects and move them about.
“Let’s say you were gardening, you wouldn’t want any implements lying around as they can be quite sharp. Make safe all the things that can be picked up,” she said.
The trough was expected to linger around the south coast for the rest of Wednesday and overnight, affecting southern NSW and eastern Victoria. A low belt of west to northwesterly winds, associated with the system, was reaching up to northern NSW.
However, it was Newcastle’s geography that was accentuating the effects of the weather system, said Ms Kovacevic.
“In the Hunter, winds of 60 to 90km/h are quite localised due to the topography of the valley.”
Sydneysiders will certainly feel the wind but are likely to be spared the worst of the gusts with the weather system skirting around the basin.
“At this stage it will be a fairly windy day in Sydney but we’re not expecting those kinds of winds,” she said.
There will be rain, however. “We’re anticipating showers to develop on [Wednesday] afternoon and overnight showers will increase particularly along the coastal fringe and that will continue into Thursday.”
Up to 20mm of rain could fall on Sydney’s CBD and on the coast with the mercury reaching 18C.
The effects of the trough could also lead to showers in Melbourne over the next 48 hours where there will be a high of 14C. Adelaide will also likely cop a rain burst or two on Wednesday with temperatures not expected to get above a chilly 14C for much of the week.
Brisbane won’t escape the wind either on Wednesday afternoon but conditions are not expected to be as severe as NSW. There will be a high of 18C on Wednesday with sunny conditions on Thursday.
Perth will be cloudy and 18C with Hobart a cool 12C.
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