Source: Bureau of Meteorology

For people in Central, South West, North Central and parts of East Gippsland, North East, West and South Gippsland and Wimmera Forecast Districts.

Issued at 5:23 pm Tuesday, 27 July 2021.

Weather Situation: A northerly airstream over Victoria will strengthen during Tuesday evening as a strong cold front approaches the State from the west, crossing Victoria during Wednesday.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS, averaging 50 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected about much of Victoria on and south of the divide this evening then easing during Wednesday morning.

A squally west to northwesterly change will then cross Victoria during Wednesday morning and afternoon with gusts of 90 to 100 km/hr possible on the change. This change will move through the Melbourne Metropolitan area during Wednesday afternoon.
DESTRUCTIVE WIND GUSTS are possible across the eastern ranges above 1500m, averaging 70 to 80 km/h with peak gusts to 125km/h, during Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Blizzard conditions are possible about the Alpine peaks during Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

It is expected that winds will ease easing below warning thresholds by early Wednesday evening.

Locations which may be affected include Horsham, Warrnambool, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne.

98 km/h at Mt Buller at 4:32am
96 km/h at Mt William at 4:28pm
94 km/h at Mt Hotham at 4:26pm
94 km/h at Fawkner Beacon at 5:14pm
83 km/h at Falls Creek at 1:41pm
81 km/hr at Melbourne Airport at 3:09pm

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* If driving conditions are dangerous, safely pull over away from trees, drains, low-lying areas and floodwater. Avoid travel if possible.
* Stay safe by avoiding dangerous hazards, such as floodwater, mud, debris, damaged roads and fallen trees.
* Be aware - heat, fire or recent storms may make trees unstable and more likely to fall when it's windy or wet.
* Check that loose items, such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured. Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
* Stay indoors and away from windows.
* If outdoors, move to a safe place indoors. Stay away from trees, drains, gutters, creeks and waterways.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines - always assume they are live.
* Be aware that in fire affected areas, rainfall run-off into waterways may contain debris such as ash, soil, trees and rocks. Heavy rainfall may also increase the potential for landslides and debris across roads.
* Stay informed: Monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency website/app/hotline.