Severe Weather Warning


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Severe Weather Warning
for damaging winds
for people in the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central and West and South Gippsland forecast districts

Issued at 3:24 pm EDT on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

Weather Situation

A low pressure trough in the southwest will extend into central areas later today and then eastern areas at night. Warm to hot and gusty northwesterly winds ahead of the trough will swing cooler west to southwesterly. A strong cold front will follow the trough across the State on Wednesday night and Thursday morning leaving a cold and unstable southwesterly airstream in its wake.

DAMAGING WINDS of 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are forecast over the South West, Wimmera, Mallee, North Central, Central and Northern Country and the elevated parts of the North East and West and South Gippsland forecast districts this afternoon and evening. Peak gusts to 110 km/h possible about the Alpine peaks.

The highest wind gusts today are 102km/h at Mortlake and Mount Gellibrand followed by 85km/h at Warrnambool, Ballarat, Avalon and Mount Hotham.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 11:00 pm EDT Wednesday.

This warning is also available through TV and Radio broadcasts; the Bureau's website at or call 1300-659-217*.

The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate this warning being broadcast regularly.