Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:52 pm Sunday, 31 May 2020.


Weather Situation: Damaging winds are expected associated a cold front moving across Victoria Monday.

DAMAGING NW'ly winds with peak gusts of 90km/h possible over alpine peaks above 1700m overnight tonight and early Monday morning, easing by late morning.

DAMAGING SW'ly WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h are expected to develop from the West on Monday morning, moving eastwards and impacting the Melbourne metro area during the afternoon. Peak wind gusts are expected with showers and isolated thunderstorms, and are more likely to be experienced in coastal areas and along elevated terrain.

Winds are expected to ease in western part of the warning area during the afternoon, easing elsewhere Monday evening.

Timing and location of the strongest winds is dependent on a developing low pressure system near the southwest coast on Monday.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh and Moe.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* Check that loose items such as outdoor settings, umbrellas and trampolines are safely secured and 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.
* 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.
* Stay away from fallen powerlines always assume they are live.
* Stay informed monitor weather warnings, forecasts and river levels at the Bureau of Meteorology website, and warnings through VicEmergency.