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SES kept busy as gale batters Melbourne

Emergency services were called out to dozens of properties overnight, as winds up to 90kmh swept through Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

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Gale-force winds have swept through Melbourne overnight, with residents in south-eastern suburbs buffeted most.

Winds of up to 90km/h were felt across the east, including Frankston and St Kilda, Openair Cinemas was forced to cancel a screening for safety reasons.

And this morning some flights were delayed as winds whipped through airports in at least two states.

Claire Fitzsimons goes for a walk in the snow ... It's summer in Mt Hotham.

Claire Fitzsimons goes for a walk in the snow ... It's summer in Mt Hotham. Photo: Supplied

The State Emergency Service had 48 calls for help from midnight from suburbs as far apart as North Balwyn, Berwick and Carrum Downs, mostly for fallen trees.

An SES spokesman said that more calls for help were likely as residents woke and were able to assess their properties.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Phil King said the gusty conditions were part of the front that was driving temperatures down.

Strange turn of events...Strong winds have ripped through Melbourne, but we'll be back at the beach within days.

Strange turn of events...Strong winds have ripped through Melbourne, but we'll be back at the beach within days. Photo: Rebecca Hallas (file photo)

Plane passengers heading to Sydney are facing delays, with the harbour city’s airport seeing wind gusts of up to 56km/h.

The blustery, westerly winds mean flights, mostly domestic, will be delayed.

A Melbourne Airport spokeswoman said passengers were advised to check with their airlines for the most up-to-date information.

Mr King said 20 millimetres of snow fell at Mt Baw Baw overnight, but snow bunnies will have to act quickly because the cool conditions won't last. Beach weather will return, albeit briefly, this week.

The mercury is tipped to soar to 37 degrees on Saturday - ahead of yet another change, bringing showers and a top of 20 degrees on Sunday.

17 comments so far

  • Ugh—! Budgie smugglers one day, full polartec covers the next! Be seein' ya. I"m off to Darwin. :-}

    Commenter
    The Doubting Thomas
    Location
    Geelong
    Date and time
    December 05, 2012, 8:05AM
    • if your wearing budgies in this day and age I think you will be more suited to Darwin! :) As for the quips about global warming, please for the love of god stop, think and don't.

      Commenter
      Johnson
      Location
      melb
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 9:23AM
  • Global warming! No, wait, climate change, hang on, oh, just the weather.

    Commenter
    Mawashi
    Date and time
    December 05, 2012, 8:36AM
    • Actually, you're right. More heat and energy in the system means more frequent extreme events and more rapid change between them. But feel free to scoff; just because the insurance industry is taking the effects of climate change seriously doesn't mean you can't be glib. After all, a tree didn't fall on your house. This time.

      Commenter
      vian
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 9:04AM
    • The insurance industry will use any excuse to avoid paying out claims. I don't deny that the climate varies with complexity beyond what we can currently understand, but I was mocking the knee jerk reaction that opposition-phobic warmies regularly employ to justify their fanaticism.

      Commenter
      Mawashi
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 9:17AM
    • Global Warming sceptics may have been correct after all. Melbourne's weather is still as unpredictable as it's always been.

      Commenter
      Michael
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 9:27AM
  • What wind? Barely a puff here and a sprinkle of rain - not enogh to wet the ground.

    Commenter
    not here
    Location
    Warrandyte
    Date and time
    December 05, 2012, 10:01AM
    • When my sister lived in the hills, she said that on about three days a year, they were above cloud level and had lovely weather while the rest of us suffered through the sleet.

      Enjoy it while you can. Gorgeous area.

      Commenter
      bornagirl
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 1:46PM
  • If you don't like the weather in Melbourne....just wait a minute.......

    Commenter
    shemp
    Location
    melb
    Date and time
    December 05, 2012, 11:17AM
    • Don't put away your winter wollies under the bed in the vac bag just yet .

      Commenter
      Hobbyfarmer178
      Location
      yARRAGON
      Date and time
      December 05, 2012, 11:54AM

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