After copping a battering over the last few days from wind gusts as strong as 159km/h, conditions are finally set to ease across southeastern Australia.
Winds are significantly lighter across South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria today after a week that saw strong winds bring down trees and powerlines. Tasmania is the only state still under a severe weather warning today. The warnings that were in place for New South Wales and Victoria were cancelled this morning as a high pressure system strengthens over the region.
Strong winds continued last night, with Mount Boyce in the Blue Mountains recording a wind gust of 117km/h. Hogan Island, off the Victoria mainland managed to register a gust of 159 km/h on Friday afternoon. These were the strongest winds in over a year for both locations.
Wind wasn't the only feature for the southeast, with heavy rain and snow falling in parts of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Western parts of Tasmania saw the heaviest falls. Roseberry picked up 37mm which was their highest September fall since 2009. South Queenstown and Strathgordon both recorded 35mm.
In Victoria, the West and South Gippsland and North East were the wettest places. Balook had one of the highest falls with 34mm, the heaviest for September in three years. Elsewhere, Traralgon South and Upper Lang Lang both had 32mm.
The heavy rain may have dampened the moods of some, although it was sure to lift spirits for skiiers and snowboarders heading to the resorts this weekend.
After a warm week, the Alps were lucky enough to pick up some solid snowfalls. Overnight the New South Wales resorts reported 30-35cm and the Victorian resorts up to 20cm. This was on top of the 10-20cm from the previous day. Fresh snowfalls coupled with clearing conditions should make for a great spring weekend on the slopes.
A high will bring clearer skies and lighter winds across most of the nation's southeast by Sunday, with Tasmania looking forward to calmer conditions on Monday.
After some morning showers, both Melbourne and Hobart can expect a mostly sunny day on Sunday, with top temperatures of 18 and 17 degrees respectively. Sydney will be sunny all day, reaching a pleasant high of 21 degrees.
© Weatherzone 2012
13:39 EST Southeastern QLD has endured chilly mornings over the past few days, with some places seeing their coolest run of May mornings in 30 years.