Strong winds have been lashing parts of Victoria this morning, with winds expected to become even stronger tomorrow.
An approaching cold front has led to a vigorous northerly airstream across the state, prompting a Severe Weather Warning for southern, central and eastern areas this morning.
The strongest winds were focused on the exposed coast. Wilsons Promontory averaged speeds of up to 54km/h, with gusts of 102km/h recorded at 4:30am.
However, the Melbourne area also copped a battering. Most suburbs recorded sustained 40-50km/h winds, with gusts of 85km/h at Melbourne Airport and 74km/h in the city early this morning.
Westerly winds will remain fresh to strong this afternoon and will ease slightly overnight. Another front will cause winds to strengthen again from Thursday morning, reaching speeds of up to 55km/h near the coast and gusts possibly reaching 100km/h.
Melbourne will wake up to gusty southwesterly winds on Thursday as the front sweeps over the city, although winds will ease from the afternoon. It will be cold, wet and windy, with the temperature expected to remain below 11 degrees for much of the day. However, the wind chill will make it feel even colder than this at times.
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16:06 EST The weather bureau has implemented a new system of forecasting the seasonal outlook called Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia, or POAMA.