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Winter arrives in SA

Ben Domensino, Monday July 3, 2017 - 14:17 EST

Wintry weather is affecting southern districts of South Australia today after an unusually dry and calm start to the season.

Last month was dominated by high pressure in southern Australia, which limited the amount of wet and windy days during the opening weeks winter. June was South Australia's driest in a decade.

Now, a low pressure system is lashing the state's south and bringing a burst of more familiar strong winds, showers and thunderstorms.

A severe weather warning was issued for damaging winds in the Lower Eyre Peninsula and parts of the West Coast, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island districts today.

As of midday local time, wind gusts had reached as high as 98km/h at Cape Willoughby, 93km/h at Neptune Island and 80km/h at Cleve Airport. Cape Borda's 9mm and Cummins' 5mm between last night and 9am today were the rainfall totals in more than a month, reflecting how dry it has been in recent weeks.

Blustery winds, showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the state's south today and tomorrow as another front moves through the Bight, although damaging gusts will become less likely from this evening.

After some brief respite on Wednesday, another front and low will cause conditions to deteriorate once again across the state on Thursday.

Adelaide is forecast to reach near-average tops of 15-16 degrees for the next week and has a chance of showers each day.

- Weatherzone

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