Melbourne Weather : High Winds for Friday Across Victoria

There’s a strong wind warning for Melbourne on Friday, with gusts over 100km/hr forecast for metro Melbourne city.

Gusty winds will make driving conditions dangerous during Friday morning, Victorian authorities said.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

Reduce speed.

Maintain a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front.
Take extra care in observing signs.

For information on any road closures, please contact your local council or the Police.

The BOM of Victoria has issued a severe weather warning for most of the state:

Weather Situation: A strong cold front will reach western Victoria late this afternoon before crossing the remainder of the State tonight and Friday morning. An associated deep low pressure system is forecast to cross Bass Strait overnight tonight, passing to the south of Melbourne in the early hours of Friday morning.

DAMAGING WEST TO NORTHWESTERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible across western parts of the warning area early this evening before extending across remaining parts of the warning area tonight and early Friday.

Peak wind gusts may reach up to 110 km/h about southern parts of the South West and Central districts, including the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, and the west Gippsland coast. The strongest winds are expected to affect the Melbourne area between 3am and 9am Friday.

Localised DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS to 130 km/h are possible southwest of a line from Casterton to Cape Otway until early Friday morning.
About the Alpine region (above 1200 metres) peak gusts may reach up to 120 km/h. Blizzards are likely about the Alpine region tonight and Friday morning.

Winds are expected to ease over the western and central parts of the warning area during Friday morning.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Horsham, Portland, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon, Wonthaggi, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

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;

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