Wild winds accompany Canberra cold snap
Hot to cold ... high winds have brought a temporary cold snap at the start of Canberra's summer. Photo: Hamish Boland-Rudder
There are black outs across Canberra today with high winds causing interuptions to electricity supply, mostly in the south of the city.
General manager of network services Rob Atkin said ActewAGL had received about 200 calls through its Emergencies and Faults line since 8am this morning.
‘‘It is important for residents to remember to stay clear of fallen or low powerlines and objects such as fences or trees that are in contact with them, as they can conduct electricity,’’ he said.
A snow picture taken on December 5 at Thredbo. Photo: @ThredboResort on Twitter
And on Lake Burley Griffith, the National Capital Authority has taken down the international flags at Commonweath Place due to the winds.
Power has been restored to properties in Kambah, Greenway and parts of Wanniassa, while crews are working to restore supply to some properties in Lyneham and other areas of Wanniassa.
Mr Atkin said the interuptions were mainly caused by tree branches falling on powerlines, and crews would prioritise areas that presented risks to public safety.
The ACT State Emergency Service had received 26 calls for help this morning due to the strong winds, with impacted areas including Belconnen, Kambah and Weston Creek.
Three houses and some vehicles have sustained damage.
Meantime, to the south of Canberra the Snowy Mountains received a dusting of snow overnight.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds in ACT this morning, but meteorologist Rebecca Kamitakahara said Canberra would not be hit by winds at the maximum speeds predicted, with higher areas including the Southern Tablelands more likely to feel the full impact of the weather.
The strongest recorded gusts in Canberra this morning have been 60km per hour.
‘‘In the warning we’re forecasting winds of mean speed 60 to 70km per hour, with gusts up to 90-110, but that is much more likely in the elevated areas rather than Canberra itself.
‘‘Canberra won’t see see anything quite that significant,’’ Ms Kamitakahara said.
She said conditions would remain windy for the rest of the day.
Canberrans wondering what happened to summer will be pleased to know this cold snap is only temporary.
Ms Kamitakahara said there was a cold air mass moving over Canberra, but it warm up again as the week went on.
‘‘I guess it’s the opposite of winter, in that we have mainly warm tempretures and occasionally a snap of cold weather, and in winter we have mainly cold and occasionally a little bit warmer,’’ she said.