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Wild winds lash NSW

Jamie-Louise Morrison, Friday December 6, 2013 - 16:08 EDT

Strong winds battered New South Wales yesterday, with some places receiving their strongest wind gusts in seven years.

A strong cold front that swept across the state saw widespread vigorous wind gusts, particularly in central parts.

Mudgee and Bathurst on the Central Tablelands saw wind gusts of 83km/h and 87km/h respectively, their strongest in four years. Orange also recorded a wind squall of 91km/h, it's strongest since 2010.

The winds didn't go unnoticed in Sydney, with Campbelltown seeing its strongest gusts in six years, reaching 106km/h. At Badgerys Creek, squalls reached up to 93km/h, the strongest in seven years. At Camden, temperatures dropped just seven degrees in half an hour as the winds hit.

The reason behind the intense winds was due to a very strong thermal gradient between the north and south of the nation, with Brisbane seeing temperatures of 35 degrees and the Alps being so cold that there was snow. It was the exchange of the air masses between these two diverse temperatures that caused the brisk blows.

Strong winds are not expected for the next coming days as a high pressure system moves over the state, producing generally sunny and warm conditions for most parts.

- Weatherzone

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