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.

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