Victoria and Tasmania experienced more windy and wet conditions overnight after a noticeably dry start to the month.
A blustery change moved through Tasmania and Victoria overnight bringing more wet weather to the states. The change brought wind gusts over 80 km/h and widespread rain up to 10 mm for each state. Tasmania's Cape Grim received the brunt of the strong winds gusting up to 116km/h with Wilsons Promontory producing gusts of 85 km/h in Victoria. The greatest rainfall occurred in eastern Victoria and north western Tasmania reaching around 30 mm in some areas.
This is the second wet burst in 48 hours after what has been a dry start to autumn. Stawell only received eight millimetres in the last 24 hours yet it was the heaviest rain in more than two months.
Strong Wind Warnings had been issued for eastern parts of Tasmania and central and eastern Victoria as the cold front, that caused the windy and wet night, moves east. For the rest of today, winds are set to ease and showers clear by the late afternoon for both Tasmania and Victoria.
Looking further ahead, showers are likely to remain in parts of western and central Victoria until ANZAC Day. A high pressure system is forecast to develop on Friday bringing drier, calmer weather for the weekend.
For Tasmania the wet weather is due to set in as two more cold fronts pass through for the rest of the week. The heaviest rain and strongest winds will be experienced in the western half of the state. Parts of the east may remain dry until next week.
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21:29 EDT The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre has re-examined its seasonal bushfire outlook for Tasmania and has added several new areas of the state as above average for bushfire potential this season.