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Cold front sweeps through TAS and VIC

Drew Casper-Richardson, Saturday October 26, 2013 - 10:32 EDT

On Friday a cold front swept through Tasmania and Victoria, bringing wind gusts of over 100km/h and rainfall in excess of 50mm for some places.

Damaging wind gusts started on Thursday afternoon for parts of Tasmania ahead of the approaching front. By the time the sun had set wind gusts were already exceeding 100km/h in places such Maatsuyker Island, peaking at 126km/h. However it wasn't just the shear strength of these winds it was also how long the island was hammered by them. For nearly 24 hours Maatsuyker Island recorded hourly gusts exceeding 100km/h. Elsewhere in the state, Mt Wellington reached 113km/h. Hobart dodged the strongest winds but still had a gust of 89km/h at midnight which is enough to rattle some windows and wake people from their Friday night slumber. Hobart was still experiencing gusts of 60-70km/h on Saturday morning.

Yesterdays rainfall added to what has already been a very wet month for the Apple Isle. Warra had the highest total in the state with 52mm, their highest daily total in two years. Mt Read recorded 46mm taking their monthly total to 578mm, the highest October total in 13 years. In the last 23 years, Lake St Clair has averaged 174mm in October. Yesterday they picked up 26mm taking their total 420mm, the highest since records began.

Although not as potent, the cold front also brought strong winds to Victoria. Hogan Island had the biggest gust at 111km/h. Exposed parts of the mainland such as Wilsons Promontory reached 89km/h. In Melbourne, gusts reached 59km/h, just as most people were heading home from work. Rain wasn't as heavy as it was in Tasmania with Wonthaggi picking up 12mm, while Melbourne managed just 1mm.

For the remainder of Saturday, winds will continue to ease and showers will become more isolated as a high pressure system moves in. On Sunday winds will be much lighter and isolated showers will contract to the southwest parts of Tasmania and far southern parts of Victoria.

- Weatherzone

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