Severe weather warning issued

Wind and rain will lash Launceston today and over the weekend. Picture: Phillip Biggs
Wind and rain will lash Launceston today and over the weekend. Picture: Phillip Biggs

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning this morning as damaging northwesterly winds sweep across Tasmania.

The north is experiencing winds in excess of 100 kilometres an hour with the gales expected to peak this afternoon.

The wild weather is only just beginning for the weekend, with a cold front coming in this afternoon bringing showers and continuing strong winds. There will be a chance of thunderstorms throughout the state Saturday.

BOM has asked Tasmanians to be aware of potential falling trees, as heavily saturated ground and windy conditions will make them more likely to come down.

The strongest recorded winds in Tasmania currently are at Mt Wellington, 107 km/h, Mt Read, 106 km/h, and Scott’s Peak, 102 km/h.

Meanwhile, in the south of the state, the highest astronomical tide of the year is expected this evening, exceeding the previous record by 30 to 40 centimetres.