Wind gusts between 90 and 100km/h are set to batter thousands of kilometres of coastline as a cold front skims across parts of south-east Australia over the coming days.
Freezing temperatures, coastal erosion and huge waves up to 10 metres high are also expected.
One cold front already hit the south-east yesterday, with another set to prolong the wild weather for up to 48 hours.
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Severe weather warnings are in place for Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales and the ACT.
Southern NSW will feel the worst of the weather this morning, with Sydney set to be hit later this afternoon.
“Damaging winds, averaging 55 to 65 km/h, with gusts in excess of 90 km/h, are likely,” warned the BoM.
Locations which may be affected include Newcastle, Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Canberra, Goulburn, Cooma, Yass, and Barrington Tops.
NSW SES spokesman Ashley Sullivan said there had already been 80 calls for help in the Illawarra and the Southern Highlands overnight.
“We did see a trampoline picked up in the strong winds that ended four metres up in a tree,” he told Today.
“We are asking people to be cautious, particularly in these winds.”
Boat owners, skippers and rock fishers are urged to take caution as gale force wind warnings remain in place for Sydney Closed Waters,
Victoria can expect early showers combined with strong and squally west to south-westerly winds moderating from the west today as the cold front moves to the Tasman Sea.
People in East Gippsland and parts of North East and West and South Gippsland Forecast Districts are being told brace for peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h.
Gale force winds warnings remain in place for the Central Coast and Central Gippsland Coast. Tasmania also has gale force wind warnings for Frederick Henry Bay and Norfolk Bay, Storm Bay, Channel, Far North West Coast, Central North Coast, East of Flinders Island, Upper East Coast, Lower East Coast, South East Coast and South West Coast.
Queensland won’t be as badly hit by the weather, however strong wind warnings are in place for Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Gold Coast Waters.
Perth, Darwin and Adelaide will all be spared from the wild winds with sunny conditions expected.
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