Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Blustery day in Melbourne

Mellissa Mackellar, Monday November 12, 2012 - 14:51 EDT

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

© Weatherzone 2012

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Labor, Greens slam Agriculture White Paper for lack of strategic vision or climate change consideration

15:45 EST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government "wants to back people who are prepared to back themselves", and that a newly released vision for Australian agriculture will do just that.

Federal Government unveils long-awaited plan for Australian agriculture

15:44 EST

The Federal Government has released the long awaited , which it had promised to deliver within 12 months of the 2013 election.

Farmers welcome Agriculture White Paper's vision for the future

15:42 EST

Farm groups have welcomed the Federal Government's plan for Australia's agricultural future, particularly tax reforms and changes to Farm Management Deposits (FMD).