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Severe weather warning issued as storms approach Australia

Christian Fernsby |
Winter is set to make its presence felt with Australia —set to be drenched.

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Victoria copped it first, but a cold front drifting north from Tasmania is about to lash all of south and east Australia.

Rain started falling in Melbourne as dark clouds descended about 3pm and the temperature dropped significantly. Wind gusts of 70km/h were registered at St Kilda shortly after 4pm and the temperature in the CBD was just 9C at 5.30pm.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for today for large parts of Victoria, including the Melbourne CBD and the alpine region.

Sheep graziers were warned that cold and windy conditions increased the risk of stock losses.

The bureau also warned road users, citing: “The potential for areas of heavy rainfall overnight and Monday morning resulting in reduced visability and adverse conditions.”

As the first cold front passes, a second low pressure system will drag southerly winds and heavy rain through the southeast of the country this morning.

Forecasters say Victorians can expect a 100 per cent chance of heavy showers today.

Temperatures will be frosty for much of Victoria today, four days after the state shivered through its coldest day for May in 19 years.

The mercury in Melbourne will reach just 12C on Monday and 13C on Tuesday. In Ballarat, where it got to a top of 5.7C last Wednesday, the coldest maximum since 2000, it’ll be just 8C tomorrow and 9C on Tuesday.

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