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Severe winds to strengthen across southeast NSW and ACT over long weekend

Claire Fenwicke10 June 2022
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Damaging winds are expected to strengthen throughout Saturday, 10 June. Photo: BOM.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that damaging winds will strengthen across Canberra and southeast NSW tomorrow (11 June).

It’s due to a south-westerly airstream that will extend northwards during Saturday as a deep low-pressure system moves past southeast Tasmania.

This low will extend a cold front into Victoria and NSW overnight and into Sunday morning, with winds expected to weaken towards the end of the weekend as the front moves offshore into the Tasman Sea.

Areas expected to be impacted include elevated parts of the ACT, Bowral, Eden, Bega, Goulburn, Cooma, Thredbo Top Station and Bombala.

Damaging wind gusts of about 90 km/h are expected to coincide with strong west to south-westerly winds in the South Coast district from mid-Saturday morning, extending into the rest of the pictured warning area by late Saturday afternoon.

Peak winds are expected over Saturday night into Sunday morning before easing into the afternoon.

Damaging winds averaging 80 to 90 km/h are possible for alpine areas above 1900 metres.

Forecast snowfall with these strong winds also brings a blizzard warning for parts of the Snowy Mountains in areas above 1200 metres from Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service recommends that backcountry travel be postponed until conditions improve.

The State Emergency Service advises people should:

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
  • Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences
  • Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid (131 388), Endeavour Energy (131 003), Essential Energy (132 080) or Evoenergy (131 093) as shown on your power bill
  • Be aware that trees that have been damaged by fire are likely to be more unstable and more likely to fall.
  • Stay vigilant and monitor conditions. Note that the landscape may have changed following bushfires

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 13 2 500.


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Weather warning aside, here’s your forecast for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend:

Australian Alps – Snowy Mountains

Saturday 11 June: partly cloudy with the chance of morning frost in the east. High chance of showers about the ranges with snow falling above 1100 metres. Winds are expected at 30 to 45 km/h.

Sunday 12 June: cloudy with a very high chance of showers in the west, high elsewhere and snow falling above 800 metres. Variable winds throughout the day, ranging from 20 to 45 km/h.

Monday 13 June: partly cloudy with patches of morning frost. Snow possible above 900 metres and light winds.

Australian Capital Territory

Saturday 11 June: partly cloudy with the chance of morning frost and slight chance of a shower. Westerly winds ranging from 20 to 45 km/h and snow possible above 1200 metres. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 2 degrees, with daytime temperatures of between 5 and 10 degrees.

Sunday 12 June: cloudy with a medium chance of showers and snow above 1000 metres. Variable winds throughout the day, ranging from 15 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 4 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 5 and 10 degrees.

Monday 13 June: mostly sunny with patches of morning frost and light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 5 and minus 2 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 5 and 10 degrees.

Southern Tablelands

Saturday 11 June: partly cloudy with the chance of morning frost in the southeast and winds between 30 and 45 km/h. Medium chance of showers in the northwest, slight chance elsewhere. Overnight temperatures falling to between 0 and 4 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 6 and 10 degrees.

Sunday 12 June: cloudy with a high chance of showers in the northwest, medium chance everywhere else. Snow falling above 1000 metres with westerly winds between 35 and 50 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 4 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 7 and 10 degrees.

Monday 13 June: mostly sunny with patches of morning frost and light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 4 and minus 1 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching around 9 degrees.

South Coast

Saturday 11 June: partly cloudy with a medium chance of showers near the Victorian border, near zero chance elsewhere and a chance of morning frost about the coastal ranges. Westerly winds ranging from 20 to 50 km/h and large and powerful surf to create hazardous conditions for activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 6 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 11 and 16 degrees.

Sunday 12 June: cloudy with a high chance of showers near the Victorian border, medium chance elsewhere, and snow falling above 900 metres. Variable winds ranging from 30 to 60 km/h and large and powerful surf to create hazardous conditions for activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing. Overnight temperatures falling to between 4 and 7 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 9 and 15 degrees.

Monday 13 June: partly cloudy with patches of morning frost and winds decreasing in strength throughout the day. Overnight temperatures falling to between minus 1 and 4 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching between 10 and 14 degrees.

Original Article published by Claire Fenwicke on Riotact.

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