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Damaging winds loom for southeastern Australia

Ben Domensino, Thursday September 16, 2021 - 13:30 EST

A strong cold front will cause damaging winds in parts of Victoria on Friday, with more dangerous winds on the way for southeastern Australia this weekend.

A cold front crossing South Australia on Thursday has been causing strong and blustery winds to develop over the state's north and west. By 1pm local time, wind gusts had reached up to 72 km/h at Nullarbor and 65km/h at Ceduna.

As this front moves further east, strong winds will also spread into parts of Victoria, Tasmania and southern and western NSW on Friday, where some areas are likely to see damaging winds.

Image: Forecast wind gust speed and timing on Friday afternoon, according to the ECMWF model.

A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging gusts on Friday in parts of Victoria's South West, Central, East Gippsland, North Central, North East and West and South Gippsland Districts.

Damaging winds could also affect the ranges in southern NSW on Friday night into Saturday morning.

The burst of wind on Thursday and Friday could cause areas of raised dust over inland areas of central and southeastern Australia, especially in areas that haven't seen much rain lately.

Looking ahead, a pair of low pressure systems passing to the south of Australia will bring another surge of strong winds this weekend.

Image: Forecast wind gust speed and timing on Sunday afternoon, according to the ECMWF model.

Damaging winds are again possible in Australia's southeastern states on the weekend, most likely from Sunday into Monday as the stronger of the two low pressure system moves through.

Check the latest warnings in your area over the next few days if you live in southeastern Australia.

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