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Canberra is set to be battered by strong winds on Tuesday with gusts of up to 80km/h expected by mid-afternoon.
Bureau of Meteorology forecasters are also expecting some light rain for Canberra, as strong winds hit the Snowy Mountains overnight.
Some parts of Canberra saw light showers around 12pm, with the temperature sitting at 15 degrees.
Meteorologist Sean Carson said a cold front currently moving across southern New South Wales and the Riverina was behind the mixed conditions in the capital.
“We’ve got strong north westerly winds ahead of the change, currently gusting to about 60km/h in Canberra but we will probably see gusts get up to about 80km/h by mid-afternoon,” he said.
“We’ve seen some very strong winds over the Snowy Mountains overnight with Thredbo [recording] the strongest gusts in the state up to 130km/h in the early hours of this morning.”
Mr Carson said Canberra could record between 1 and 5 millimetres of rain before 4pm on Tuesday.
Wednesday will see a top temperature of 16 degrees, before more light showers and 17 on Thursday.
Mr Carson said weather conditions would improve from Friday into the long weekend.
After an overnight low of minus 1, Canberra will see 20 degrees on Friday, 23 on Saturday and 26 on Sunday.
A top of 25 degrees and partly cloudy conditions are expected on Monday for the Labour Day public holiday.
A Territory and Municipal Services spokesperson said Tidbinbilla Ring Road had been closed due to high winds.
Planned guided activities by rangers on Tuesday have been cancelled and residents are advised to exercise caution when in recreation areas as high winds make trees more likely to fall.
The ACT State Emergency Service reminded residents to take necessary precautions during the strong wind period.
ACTSES crews are on standby, but no calls for assistance have been received.
For emergency damage assistance call the ACTSES on 132 500.
Wild winds lash Victoria
Melbourne is in the process of cleaning up after wild winds of more than 100km/h hit the city overnight, uprooting trees and power lines and leaving rubbish and debris strewn across roads and paths.
Hundreds of homes were left without power, with blackouts across the city caused by fallen power lines.
The Victorian State Emergency Service said there were 1086 calls for help statewide overnight – 1005 of which were in metropolitan Melbourne.