Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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

Issued at 4:35 pm Monday, 7 September 2020.

WINDS STRENGTHENING TONIGHT, EASING FROM THE WEST ON TUESDAY

Weather Situation:
Northerly winds increasing 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 500m) of western and central Victoria, extending to lower elevations and to eastern parts of the warning area this evening.

DAMAGING WINDS are forecast to ease below the warning threshold over the South West and Wimmera districts by dawn on Tuesday, central districts by noon Tuesday and eastern districts by late Tuesday afternoon.

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

The strongest wind gusts recorded today have been:

98km/h at Mt William at 09:42,

80km/h at Kilmore Gap at 14:32,

76km/h at Fawkner Beacon at 14:28, and

76km/h at Mt Hotham (09:18) and Melbourne Airport (14:44).

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.