Tasmanian weather: severe weather alert issued for Wednesday


Tasmanians are being urged to take precautions as the state braces for a bout of severe weather on Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology on Tuesday issued weather alerts for the North and North-West of the state.

A “squally” cold front – meaning a front that is characterised by sharp increases in wind speeds – is set to hit the north of the state on Wednesday morning.

Damaging west to northwesterly winds are forecast, with the bureau expecting average wind speeds of 60 to 70km/h, and peak gusts of 100km/h.

Thunderstorms are also possible, raising wind gusts to 110km/h in parts of the North.

Sites likely to be affected include Devonport, Burnie, Launceston, St Helens, Strahan, and Queenstown.

Launceston is forecast to receive between four and 10 millimetres of rain.

A sheep graziers warning has also been issued for Wednesday, in correlation with the expected cold front.

In preparation for the extreme winds, the SES has recommended the following actions:

  • Supervise children closely. 
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings. 
  • Manage pets and livestock. 
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment. 
  • Be prepared in case of power outages. 
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving. 
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice. 
  • For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500.