A cold front has moved over Tasmania this morning producing classic winter conditions.
Winds gusting up to 116 km/h were recorded at Maatsuyker Island, while at Launceston airport; northerly wind gusts reached 76km/h early this morning.
The front also produced some heavy rainfall with Mt Read receiving 62.6mm overnight, its highest August 24 hour total since at least 2009. Further drenchings included Luncheon Hill which received 53mm and Burnie and Smithton receiving 32mm to 9am this morning.
The front also helped keep minimum temperatures below average. Lake Leake has only experienced one day above zero degrees so far this month. Likewise, Bushy Park has only crept above 0.7 degrees on only one occasion this month.
A lingering cool air mass will keep daily temperatures below average for the next few days before another cold front passes over the state on Friday. This front is likely to bring more rain and gusty winds this weekend.
© Weatherzone 2013
10:34 EDT Thunderstorms have been few and far between in Australia's east over the past two weeks, but a trough is approaching and is set to linger for a week of lightning.