South-west hit by wintry blast over weekend with rain set to continue

WILD: Gale force winds caused waves to crash over the breakwater at Warrnambool on the weekend. Picture: Patient Eye Imaging, comprising Perry Cho, Engin Torun and Aaron Toulmin.
WILD: Gale force winds caused waves to crash over the breakwater at Warrnambool on the weekend. Picture: Patient Eye Imaging, comprising Perry Cho, Engin Torun and Aaron Toulmin.

A cold and wintry blast swept through the region over the weekend.

Several weather warnings for damaging winds were issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, with strong gale force winds peaking in Cape Nelson (107km/h), Portland (102km/h) and Port Fairy (91km.h) in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Rod Dickson said rain fall averaged between 15 and 20 millimetres, with the highest falls recorded in Warrnambool (20mm), Dartmore (19mm), Terang (18mm), Portland (16mm) and Port Fairy (15mm).

Mr Dickson said Monday would see light showers across the day with a moderate to fresh south-westerly wind but “certainly nothing near the strength of the weekend.” 

“Winds will ease further into Tuesday and move around to the north-west,” he said.

“There will still be a shower or two around but they will become more isolated on Tuesday.” 

Monday’s daytime temperature will reach 13 degrees and is expected to fall to between two and five degrees overnight.