Damaging winds and heavy rain are set to batter southeast Australia as winter settles in and brings freezing temperatures across the country. 

A seasonal cold front will sweep through Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT, before pushing northwards to Sydney on Wednesday.

Severe and potentially destructive winds are predicted to smash parts of Gippsland, Victoria, southern NSW and most of Tasmania.

Residents in South Australia's southeast have been told to be wary of gale warnings as well.

Weatherzone Senior Meteorologist Brett Dutschke told Daily Mail Australia wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 100km/h and bring down trees and branches.


Forecasters from Weatherzone predict parts of Tasmania could get destructive winds up to 125km/h Tuesday morning.

Parts of the Apple Aisle are also expected to receive a dumping of 40-80mm of rain cumulatively from Monday through to Wednesday.

Winter chills combined with strong winds pushed the apparent temperature below freezing in central and eastern Tasmania on Monday night.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a 128 km/h wind gust at Scotts Peak Dam, in the Southwest National Park, at 7:30 am on Tuesday.

Winds of about 100 km/h remain possible over the state's western, northern and some eastern districts, including the Furneaux Islands and King Island.


Melburnians woke on Tuesday to strong winds and rain, with Melbourne Airport posting -0.5C on the 'feels like' readout with 72km/h gusts.

Sheep graziers have been put on alert by the Bureau of Meteorology as well, with warnings issued saying there is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to the cold, showers and strong north-westerly winds.

Coastal and elevated regions of Victoria, including parts of Melbourne, are expected to feel the freeze during a cold snap on Tuesday morning.


The 'vigorous' cold front will move across the southeast of NSW during Tuesday and Wednesday, BoM said.

Winds are expected to ease over Alpine areas early on Wednesday morning, but may continue over remaining eastern parts of the warning until Wednesday afternoon.

Sheep farmers have across the ACT and regional NSW have also been warned of a 'risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions'.

The cold front is expected to bring decent snowfalls for ski resorts after a less-than favourable climactic opening to the season.

Weatherzone forecasts 15 to 25 centimetres of snow above 1,500 metres on the Alps. 

Conditions are expected to ease 'significantly' on Thursday, Mr Dutschke said. 


The bureau has also issued marine wind warnings for areas across southeast South Australia expected to hit on Tuesday and continue on Wednesday.

Strong winds are expected to hit the Esperance Coast in Western Australia while the Northern Territory has no current warnings.


The Gold and Sunshine Coasts have been warned of strong winds along the coastline on Wednesday.

The bureau last month released its long-range forecast for this winter which predicted inland and Northern Queensland are more likely to be abnormally dry.

However, the bureau warned that 'long-range forecasts are probabilistic in nature and carry a degree of uncertainty'.


No current warnings are in place for the Top End, however it is more likely to receive lower amounts of rain across the winter months, according to the bureau.

Temperatures in the Northern Territory and across Australia are also expected to be higher than usual.

'Days and nights are very likely to be warmer than average across Australia, with an increased chance of unusually warm days and nights,' the forecast reads. 


Strong winds are expected to hit the Esperance Coast in Western Australia.

Prior warnings across the Leeuwin and Albany Coasts have since been cancelled by the bureau.

Three-day forecast for major cities


Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 19

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 17

Friday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 18


Wednesday Shower or two easing. Min 6 Max 10

Thursday Possible late shower. Min 6 Max 12

Friday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 11


Wednesday Showers. Min 13 Max 20

Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 19

Friday Mostly sunny. Min 10 Max 20


Wednesday Sunny. Min 18 Max 31

Thursday Sunny. Min 19 Max 31

Friday Sunny. Min 19 Max 32


Wednesday Showers easing. Min 9 Max 13

Thursday Shower or two. Min 8 Max 12

Friday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 14


Wednesday Sunny. Min 11 Max 24

Thursday Sunny. Min 10 Max 21

Friday Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 21


Wednesday Morning shower or two. Min 5 Max 13

Thursday Morning frost. Partly cloudy. Min -3 Max 11

Friday Morning frost. Partly cloudy. Min -1 Max 13


Wednesday Possible morning shower. Min 11 Max 18

Thursday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 17

Friday Showers. Min 9 Max 16

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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