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Wintry winds waning in Victoria

Brett Dutschke, Wednesday December 5, 2012 - 12:34 EDT

Winter-like winds are easing across Victoria, but the chill is only gradually on the way out.

It became very windy yesterday and last night, particularly in the south and on the mountains as an intense low pressure system crossed Tasmania.

The strongest recorded gust was 159km/h at Wilsons Promontory overnight, the windiest it has been in more than three years and equivalent of a category two cyclone.

Much of the rest of Victoria, including Melbourne have recorded their strongest winds in three months. Wind in the Melbourne area peaked at 93km/h at St Kilda on Tuesday afternoon.

The wind peaked yesterday afternoon and last night in western and central parts of the state and have generally been easing since then. Further east today has been the windiest, reaching 100km/h in parts of East Gippsland.

To get wind this strong is unusual for this time of year. It hasn't been this windy in summer in more than a decade at Wilsons Promontory and four years in Melbourne.

North of the ranges it has been relatively calm but still reaching 50-70kmh in places.

The low pressure system was over eastern Bass Strait this morning and moving further east, causing wind to ease across the state from this afternoon.

As a result of the easing wind, the wintry chill is also on the way out, but only gradually.

At 10:30am this morning it was 14 degrees but it felt more like 11 and Mt Baw Baw's minus one degree felt more like minus eight.

It will come as no surprise that snow has been falling on the Alps. A few centimetres worth has fallen across the resorts. In Tasmania it has been even colder with snow falling below 800 metres above sea level.

Much of Victoria will have a cold Wednesday night and Thursday morning but it will warm up quickly during the day in the sunshine.

- Weatherzone

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