Melbourne has endured its its windiest period in ten years with only some easing on Saturday.
Winds have gusted above 80km/h each day for the last three days in Melbourne for the first time in at least decade. On Friday afternoon winds just exceeded this threshold, gusting to 81km/h in the city. Winds were consistently strong throughout the day and only began easing during the evening.
Damaging winds have wreaked havoc over the past three days in Victoria with the strongest winds recorded at Hogan Island with a maximum wind gust of 159km/h on Friday afternoon. This is the Island's third highest wind gust in the last ten years.
Elsewhere winds gusted to 96km/h at Sale Airport, its strongest gust in over a year. Gusts above 90km/h are strong enough to bring down trees and powerlines.
On Saturday winds are expected to remain strong to gale force across the state, however most locations will experience lighter winds than on Friday.
Melbourne can expect a similar story to the rest of the state with strong winds continuing, although slightly weaker. There will also be a couple of light showers during the day with occasional sunny breaks helping the mercury reach 16 degrees.
Relief is on the way for Victoria as winds become light on Sunday, showers clear and the sun begins to control the sky. Early next week skies will be mostly clear and winds light, allowing the temperature to reach 21 degrees on Tuesday. Those who get outside early in the week will again enjoy the warmest and most pleasant weather of the week.
© Weatherzone 2012
11:40 EST Southern New South Wales and the ACT had a chilly start to the weekend, with some places seeing their coldest May night in half a decade.