Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:01 pm Sunday, 6 September 2020.

DAMAGING NORTHERLY WINDS DEVELOPING ON MONDAY

Weather Situation:
Strong northerly winds will increase on Monday morning, ahead of a cold front expected to move across Victoria on Tuesday.

DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 50 to 60 km/h with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible over elevated areas (above 500 metres) in western and central parts from dawn, extending to remaining western and central parts of the warning area during Monday morning.

DAMAGING WINDS with peak gusts of around 100 km/h are possible over eastern ranges from early afternoon.

Strong winds are expected to last until Tuesday morning, when they will start to ease from the west.

Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Wonthaggi and Bacchus Marsh.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Be aware that trees that have been damaged by heat or fire may be unstable and more likely to fall when it is windy or wet.
* 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.