Forecast issued at 4:43 pm EDT on Friday 31 October 2014.
A low pressure trough over far western Bass Strait is expected near Cape Otway about 2000, Port Phillip Heads around 2300, Wilsons Promontory around 0100 Saturday and Gabo Island around 0700 Saturday. A cold front embedded in a strengthening westerly airflow will follow the trough by about six hours and an associated deep low pressure system will pass just south of Tasmania later on Saturday. A high pressure system will move over Bight waters on Saturday night before drifting slowly towards western Victoria on Sunday then crossing the State Sunday night to reach the Tasman Sea on Monday. The high will move southeastwards over the southern Tasman Sea on Tuesday while a low pressure trough will reach western Victoria during the afternoon and central parts of the State in the evening.
Forecast for Friday until midnight
- East to northeasterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Saturday 1 November
Strong Wind Warning for Saturday for Gippsland Lakes
- North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then becoming westerly 20 to 30 knots in the middle of the day.
- Cloudy. 90% chance of rain with stronger squalls. Possible hail at night.
Sunday 2 November
- Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
- Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers, with possible hail in the early morning.
Monday 3 November
- West to northwesterly about 10 knots becoming southwesterly during the morning then becoming east to southeasterly during the day.
- Mostly sunny.
Tuesday 4 November
- Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then becoming northeasterly about 10 knots during the evening.
- Mostly sunny.
Please be awareWind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 5:10 am EDT Saturday.