Severe Weather Warning


Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:12 pm EST on Thursday 31 July 2014.

Weather Situation

A strong cold front over central Victoria will move eastwards this evening and will clear the State overnight, whilst a deep complex low pressure system passes south of Tasmania. Strong to gale force north to northwesterly winds ahead of the change will be followed by a band of rain and colder westerly winds which will ease overnight. Winds will then shift squally southwesterly during Friday as another front moves across the State. Hail and snow down to 500 metres is likely to develop overnight and during Friday.

Winds averaging around 80 km/h with destructive peak gusts of 140 km/h are forecast for parts of the North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts above 1000 metres today. In lower lying areas gusts to 110 km/h are forecast but moderation is expected overnight. Winds gusts to around 90 km/h associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon.

Damaging winds 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are forecast for the Mallee, Wimmera, North Central, South West, Central and Northern Country forecast districts but are expected to moderate this evening. Winds gusts to around 90 km/h associated with heavy showers or thunderstorms are expected to redevelop Friday, maily late morning and during the afternoon.

Up until 4pm, strongest wind gusts around the State were: 139km/h at Mt Hotham, 122km/h at Kilmore Gap, 117km/h at Mt William, 113 km/h at Wilsons Promontory, 115km/h at Yarram, 111km/h at Gelantipy and Cape Nelson, 109 km/h at Cape Otway, 107km/h at East Sale and 106km/hat Aireys Inlet.

Close to Melbourne (until 4pm), strongest wind gusts were 105km/h at Point Wilson, 104km/h at South Channel Island (near Rosebud), 98km/h at Fawkner Beacon, 96km/h at Tullamarine and 94km/h at St Kilda.

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 EST Thursday.

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.