Severe weather warning issued as extreme winds approach

File photo.
File photo.

Batten down the hatches, Ballarat, strong winds are on the way.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a sever weather warning for part of Victoria, with extreme winds expected to hit later tonight.

The northerly winds are averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop about elevated parts in the west of the warning area later tonight before extending to remaining elevated parts of the warning area early Thursday morning.

About the Alpine region (above 1200 metres), peak gusts may reach 120 km/h during the late morning and early afternoon.

Winds are expected to ease from the west during Thursday afternoon and evening.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees; 
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony; 
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.

Temperatures are also expected to drop later in the week, following the unusually hot start to April.

The mercury will only reach 14 degrees on Saturday.