06/10/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/09/2021 20:54
Please find an update for Tasmania's weather below, with an audio news release available for download here:https://we.tl/b-LwJSFRscXp.
A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Southeasterly Winds remains current for wind speeds averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts 90km/h likely about northeastern parts of Tasmania, with gusts to 110 km/h possible about elevated areas and the Furneaux Islands.
In the past 24 hours, southeasterly winds have blasted the northeast, with wind gusts of 109 km/h being reported at Eddystone Point (larapuna) and 96 km/h at Low Head.
Winds are expected to ease below the warning threshold later Thursday afternoon, although fresh southeasterly winds will continue into the area for the coming days.
Wet, rainy conditions have set in about the east of Tasmania, with steady rainfall to continue for the rest of the week, before easing later Saturday. Periods of more moderate to heavy rainfall are likely on Thursday afternoon and evening, and again on Friday afternoon.
In the 24 hours to 9 am Thursday the highest reported rainfall has been 47 mm at St Patricks Head in the northeast, with falls of 5-25 mm about the east of the state.
Rainfall over the next three days to Saturday evening are likely to bring an additional 20-40 mm to east, with falls of 50-70 mm likely in the northeast, and a further 120 mm to the northeast coastal ranges.
A flood watch continues for the eastern half of Tasmania. Minor to moderate flooding may develop from Thursday evening. Some flood warnings are likely to be issued Thursday afternoon. Localised flooding is also possible in areas that receive heavier rainfall during Thursday and Friday.
Accompanying the rainfall will be lots of low cloud with poor visibility on roads about the east of the state, and a Road Weather Alert has been issued for the East. People travelling the east coast, potentially on unfamiliar roads should take care.
The rain and wind are being directed onto the east coast by a near stationary low pressure system sitting to the northeast of Tasmania that is expected to move away over the weekend.