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Gusty winds blast Tasmania

Andrew Casper-Richardson, Sunday April 4, 2021 - 10:04 EST

Winds have exceeded 100km/h over parts of southern Tasmania this weekend as a cold front and trough moved over the Apple Isle.  

As is often the case it was the exposed coastal and elevated locations that felt the brunt of the wind. The highest wind gust in the state was recorded at Maatsuyker Island, off the southern coast of Tasmania, where a northwesterly gust of 128km/h was recorded on Saturday afternoon. The island had gusts in excess of 100km/h each hour between 11am and 10pm on Saturday. Winds eased a little over night but once again gusted over 100km/h from 5:40 on Sunday morning. 

Image: Maatsuyker Island obervations. Wind gusts shown as the grey line.

On Saturday evening winds at Mt Wellington peaked at 104km/h. Hobart was spared the worst of the winds, though gusts exceeded 50km/h for much of the afternoon and evening and peaked at 70km/h. 

Winds will ease during Sunday evening and into the new working week as a high pressure system becomes the dominate synoptic feature. 

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