Windy and wet in TasmaniaDrew Casper-Richardson, Saturday January 4, 2014 - 12:12 EDT
A cold front has swept through Tasmania bringing wind gusts of over 100km/h and heavy showers.
Westerly winds in the wake of a cold front have gusted well above 100km/h about exposed parts of the Apple Isle. Maatsuyker Island to the south of Tasmania had gusts of 131km/h while Scotts Peak Dam reached 117km/h.
Just outside of Hobart, Mt Wellington gusted to 130km/h while the city itself had a gust of 98km/h just before 7am on Saturday.
Howling winds weren't the only feature in the wake of the front with 10-20mm falling in parts of the state. The highest total was at Cradle Valley and North Boomerang where 29mm fell. Hobart dodged the heaviest falls recording 4mm.
Strong potentially damaging winds will continue on Saturday before easing overnight. Further falls of 10-20mm are likely through much of the south and west, with isolated totals of 40mm possible.
The reprieve from the gusty winds will be short lived with another vigorous cold front making its way towards Tasmania. Northwest winds ahead of the front will increase on Sunday morning bringing another burst of gusty winds, especially for those in the west. West to southwest winds will be stronger in the wake of front with gusts likely to exceed 100km/h once again. The west and south will cop another soaking with widespread falls of 20-30mm likely, with isolated falls of 50mm. Winds will ease on Monday however further falls of 20-30mm are likely.
© Weatherzone 2014
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