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Return of the winds for SA and VIC

Mellissa Mackellar, Sunday September 29, 2013 - 14:07 EST

Southeastern Australia has had its feathers ruffled by wild and windy days this past week, with more windy blasts on the way.

A series of vigorous cold fronts swept across the nation's south last week, bringing powerful winds and toppling trees.

On Saturday Victoria's Gippsland Coast was pummelled by northwesterlies, reaching 157km/h at Hogan Island and 122km/h at Wilsons Promontory. In Tasmania both Mount Read and Flinders Island had 93km/h winds. Meanwhile in New South Wales, Katoomba copped 100km/h wind gusts, with 90km/h blasts along the Illawarra Coast and 80km/h north to Sydney and the Hunter.

People will need to hold onto their hats again this week as a trough and cold front blow into town. For the start of the working week SA and VIC will see northwesterly winds increasing, with gales a chance in both Adelaide and Melbourne.

In South Australia the northwesterlies will become blustery during the morning, leading to hot, dry and dusty day. Northwesterly winds will peak in the afternoon over inland areas, but the coast will cop the worst later as a gusty, cool southwesterly change sweeps across from the west.

In VIC the northwesterlies will also pick up during the day. A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for all coastal districts, as well as the North East. Elevated and exposed coastal parts should bear the brunt of the strongest gusts, which may exceed 100km/h.

Melbourne residents will need to batten down the hatches as the strongest burst arrives in the evening. These southwesterlies are a chance to reach 110km/h, once again strong enough to uproot trees.

Tuesday will bring some easing for SA and VIC as the winds move into NSW. But the southern states won't have much reprieve as another cold front steps up to bring another blast of wild winds on Wednesday.

- Weatherzone

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