News State Victoria Winter ‘cold blast’ tears through Victoria

Winter ‘cold blast’ tears through Victoria

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Damaging winds are expected for parts of the state on Wednesday ahead of a cold and wet weekend in Melbourne. Photo: AAP
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Melbourne is expected to shiver as a “cold blast” of winter sweeps through Victoria.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) on Tuesday issued a severe weather warning for parts of the state on Wednesday.

Conditions are tipped to deteriorate further heading into the weekend, when chilly temperatures, destructive winds, rain and alpine snow are forecast.

Melbourne might have to rug up through a maximum temperature of 11C on Sunday.

“It’s going to certainly be a cold blast [from] Friday through to Sunday,” senior meteorologist Christie Johnson told AAP on Tuesday.

“In Melbourne, the coldest day will be Sunday. We’re forecasting a maximum temperature of just 11C.”

There is a risk of hail and thunder in southeast Melbourne suburbs on Friday.

Showers are expected over Saturday and Sunday, along with hail and thunder.

Melbourne is expected to reach a top of 16C on Wednesday, with a slight chance of showers.

Thursday is forecast to be windy with a high chance of showers, and a top of 15C.

BOM’s weather warning said a deep low-pressure system and associated cold front over Western Australia would move to Victoria during Wednesday.

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A severe weather warning for destructive winds is in place for Kyneton, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, Bright and Falls Creek.

Damaging winds averaging 60km/h to 70km/h with peak gusts of 10km/h are expected to develop across elevated parts of western Victoria during the early hours of the morning before extending across the state.

Destructive winds above 1200 metres are expected to average 80km/h to 90km/h, with peak gusts in excess of 125km/h.

Winds are expected to ease late Wednesday.

Kyneton, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, Bright and Falls Creek could be affected.

-with AAP