South Australia was lashed by wild winds last week and faces a gusty weekend, but thankfully not quite as strong.
Damaging winds felled trees and powerlines in South Australia last week, cutting power to tens of thousands of homes. More damage is on the cards over the weekend and through to Monday due to a deep low passing through the Bight.
On Friday northerly winds will gradually increase across the state, becoming fresh and gusty on the West Coast. Northerlies will peak during Saturday with gusts nearing 80km/h about Kangaroo Island and the southern coastal fringe, bringing the risk of some damage.
On Sunday, a small low pressure system will bring the strongest winds of the system to Kangaroo Island, the West Coast and Lower Eyre Peninsula, with the risk of damaging wind gusts near 90km/h. On Monday a final front will cross with strong westerly winds, but these are unlikely to go beyond 80km/h at this stage.
As a whole, this system will provide gusts of 10-20km/h less than the previous system which saw peak gusts beyond 100km/h in some places.
Thankfully this weekend will be far drier than the last windy period, with showers mostly limited to the coastal fringe, where falls will generally be less than 10mm. This is much less than the falls in excess of 50mm some places received last time.
For those who don't like the wind, calmer conditions will develop on Tuesday as a high pressure ridge pushes in from the north.
© Weatherzone 2013
17:37 EDT Much of western New South Wales has begun a heat wave, reaching at least five degrees above average for at least five days, averaging a maximum of 35 degrees or more.