Melbourne has been windswept by a cold front crossing Victoria, which brought a blast of blustery winds and a cooler change.
Northerly winds ahead of a cold front became gusty during Monday morning and a severe weather warning for damaging winds was issued for the central district (including Melbourne) and West and South Gippsland.
At Melbourne Airport a gust of 93km/h was recorded early in the morning, while Essendon Airport and St Kilda Harbour recorded gusts of 80km/h. Winds of this strength have the potential to uproot trees and dislodge roofs. Today's winds were the strongest recorded at these sites since the start of spring when Melbourne was battered by wild winds that caused widespread power outages and damage.
The northerly winds led to a warm night in Melbourne, with a minimum of 17 degrees. This came in quite a contrast to Sunday's minimum of just 8 degrees and was the first time in 21 years since Melbourne had such a warm night following such a cool one.
By lunch time the strongest winds had moved east of the the city and a southwesterly change had arrived in the wake of the front.
The southwesterly winds are less likely to become damaging, although they will remain fresh to strong throughout the afternoon. Winds will ease considerably during the evening as a high pressure system builds.
© Weatherzone 2012
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