Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:50 am Monday, 30 December 2019.

Hot and windy conditions today.
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A cold front and associated trough will cross Victoria during this afternoon and evening. Strong and gusty north to northwesterly winds will shift squally southwest to southerly following the change.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of around 90 km/h, are forecast to develop over southwest Victoria later this morning, extending to the Central district by early afternoon and reaching Alpine areas (above 1200 metres) in the east during the afternoon and evening.

Winds will ease around an hour after the cooler southwest to southerly change moves through.

Isolated thunderstorms over remaining districts, near and ahead of the change, may also produce damaging wind gusts up to 110 km/h which could also lead to localised dust storms. Separate warnings will be issued for these thunderstorms as required.

Locations which may be affected include Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Ballarat, Geelong, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* 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.