Severe weather warning for damaging winds issued for Ararat and Stawell regions as low pressure trough moves in

Damaging winds with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible about elevated areas of the western half of Victoria.
Damaging winds with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are possible about elevated areas of the western half of Victoria.

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for areas around Ararat and Stawell for Wednesday night.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast damaging north to northwesternly winds, averaging 60 to 70 kilometres per hour with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h.

The winds were expected to develop about elevated parts in the west of a warning area running from Ballarat to Stawell on Wednesday night before extending to remaining elevated parts of the warning area early Thursday morning.

Part of the warning area

Part of the warning area

A low pressure system was expected to form over southern parts of South Australia on Wednesday before deepening and moving to the southwest of the State overnight.

A trough is then forecast to cross Victoria during the day on Thursday.

About the Alpine region, at above 1200 metres, peak gusts may reach 120 km/h during the late morning and early afternoon.

The CFA has also declared a Total Fire Ban on Wednesday in the Wimmera region, which includes the Northern Grampians Shire. 

The State Emergency Service has advised that people should: 

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees; 
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony; 
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines; 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5pm AEST Wednesday on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website. or call 1300 659 217.