'ONCE EVERY FEW YEARS': 110km/h winds set to pummel Australia's southeast

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Parts of NSW and Victoria are in for a week of challenging weather to say the least with one town set for its average rainfall total in just 24 hours and winds of up to 110km/h to batter the southeast coastline.

Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard told Yahoo News Australia a cut-off low is set to bring wind gusts between 100 to 110km/h in the far southeast parts of the NSW coast, Victoria’s East Gippsland region and northeast Tasmania from Wednesday through to Thursday.

“East Gippsland will receive the peak of the coastal winds which could exceed 110km/h,” Mr Pippard said.

A map shows heavy wind hitting NSW and Victoria.
Parts of southeast NSW and northern Victoria are in for a windy Wednesday and Thursday. Source: Windy.com

“Other exposed parts including Gabo Island and Green Cape would also receive similar wind gusts.

“It’s not an uncommon system but this one is pretty strong. You see one of these once a year or every few years.”

Canberra, East Gippsland drop to zero

The wind means many residents in the southeast corner are in for a chilly few days in the middle of the week.

Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland will see its low on Tuesday drop from a minimum of 10 degrees to just 6 on Wednesday and 8 on Thursday with highs of about 14-15, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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On the other side of the border Bombala could drop to zero on Wednesday with a high of just 9 while some areas east of the area on the NSW South Coast will experience lows of about 4-6.

Canberra also won’t be spared the chill either with a wintery bite dropping temperatures to zero on Wednesday and 1 on Thursday. Highs of just 10 are forecast on both days.

Lithgow in the snow, possible flooding

The system might also bring “heavy snow” to the Australian Alps.

“NSW, Victoria and Queensland might also receive low snow too,” Mr Pippard said.

“Mainly on Wednesday and Thursday morning.”

A woman walks through Sydney's CBD in heavy winds
Parts of coastal NSW are set for heavy winds this week. Source: AAP (file pic)

Parts of Lithgow in the NSW Central Tablelands could receive up to 10cm of snow.

Some parts of the southeast are due for heavy rainfall too.

Mr Pippard said East Gippsland and southeast NSW could be subjected to heavy flooding on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Orbost could get 100 to 160mm in 24 hours,” he said.

“That’s certainly a lot. That’s their monthly rainfall average.”

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