Tasmania weather warning issued for wind, rain

Rain clouds loom over the Tamar River at Beauty Point on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Scott Gelston
Rain clouds loom over the Tamar River at Beauty Point on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Scott Gelston

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Severe weather warnings and flood watches have been issued for Northern Tasmania ahead of a weekend cold snap.

The state is expected to be lashed with wind gusts up to 100km/h and between 20 and 40mm of rain, from Thursday night into Friday morning.

Sites such as the Western Tiers and the North-East highlands could receive up to 60mm.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that minor flooding is possible throughout the North, North-East and North-West as rainfall settles into river catchments.

Snow is also forecast to fall above 700 metres on Friday afternoon.

While the warnings relate to weather on Thursday and Friday, the weekend forecast is expected to bring temperatures as much as 2 degrees lower than the June average.

Cloudy skies, showers and possible hail have been predicted.

Launceston is forecast to reach a top temperature of 13 degrees on Friday, with the possibility of early thunderstorms and hail.

The forecast minimum for the city is expected to drop to 1 degree on Sunday.