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Damaging winds lashing southern Australia

Ben Domensino, Tuesday April 13, 2021 - 12:51 EST

Blustery and potentially damaging winds will spread across parts of South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria during the next 24 hours, whipping up dust and raising fire danger ratings in some areas.

A burst of turbulent weather will be generated by a strong cold front passing over southern Australia during the next two days. While this front will be the focus of the severe weather, an associated low pressure system to the south of Australia will further increase the strength of winds ahead of and behind the front.

Interestingly, the area of low pressure off Australia's south coast is comprised of both an intense mid-latitude low and the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which has travelled south after crossing WA on Suday and Monday.

Image: Forecast wind on Tuesday evening showing the effect of the front and associated low pressure system to the south of Australia.

The front, which is moving from west to east, will pass over South Australia on Tuesday before crossing Tasmania and Victoria on Wednesday morning.

The strongest winds for most areas will be the north-to-northwesterlies ahead of and near the front. However, some locations could continue to see dangerous west-to-southwesterly winds behind the front, particularly along exposed coasts.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for damaging winds in parts of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, as well as the Alpine region in NSW.

By midday EST on Tuesday, wind gusts had already reached 107 km/h at Cape Willoughby and 91 km/h at Cleve in South Australia.

Other threats being created by this powerful system include raised dust and elevated fire danger ratings within the warm and blustery winds ahead of the front. 

Most of South Australia will experience Very High to Extreme fire danger on Tuesday, with total fire bans in place for nine of the state's 15 districts. Parts of western Victoria should also see Very High fire danger ratings on Tuesday.

Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings and fire advisories in your area.

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