Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:58 pm Monday, 30 December 2019.
Hot and windy conditions today ahead of a cool change

A low pressure trough over western Victoria will reach central districts during the evening then cross eastern Victoria later tonight and the east during Tuesday morning. 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 expected over Alpine areas (above 1200 metres) this afternoon and evening, as well as Tuesday morning.

Winds are expected to ease below warning threshold by midday Tuesday.
Isolated thunderstorms over remaining districts, near and ahead of the change, may also produce damaging wind gusts up to 110 km/h as well as 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.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Central and South West districts and the warning for these districts is CANCELLED.
Highest gusts to 4:50pm today:
- 95 km/h at Mt Hotham at 4.10pm
- 93 km/h at St Kilda Harbour at 4.10pm
- 93 km/h at Kilmore Gap at 4.24pm
- 91 km/h at Melbourne Airport at 1.05pm
- 91 km/h at Mt Gellibrand at 3.02pm

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.