There is a severe weather warning for damaging winds across the ACT.
High winds with peaks gusts of up to 90km/h are expected on Thursday morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology said they could reach speeds of 60 to 70km/h in the mountains around the city, peaking in gusts of 90km/hour.
"A cold front lies over southwest New South Wales, and is expected to progress through southeastern and central parts of New South Wales during Thursday. Vigorous and gusty winds are forecast ahead of the front," it said in its 4:52 am update.
In Canberra itself, winds were expected to be strong but not as fierce as up in the mountains like the Brindabellas. In areas above 1900 metres, winds with peak gusts in excess of 120km/h are expected.
Canberra is forecast to reach a top of 33 degrees today. Razed dust is also expected to blow into Canberra, creating a dust haze.
There is a total fire ban for the ACT on Thursday with a fire danger rating of very high.
Updated Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds averaging 55 to 65 km/h, with gusts to 90 km/h - now includes all of the ACT. Damaging winds developing later this evening into Thursday. https://t.co/tr2T5O0D8Cpic.twitter.com/m1cfYVl3LG— Bureau of Meteorology Australian Capital Territory (@BOM_ACT) January 22, 2020
On Monday, wind gusts reached 117 km/h at Canberra Airport. The Emergency Services Agency received a record 2100 calls for help from that storm.
"Calls for assistance have been prioritised based on the information given at the time of call, the risk to the community and the circumstances of the caller. Crews are working hard to attend all calls," it said in a statement.
"We ask that Canberrans remain patient as we clear the record number of calls for assistance. There are currently 1070 incidents outstanding and 1020 incidents have been completed."
Forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara said at the very highest speeds, branches could be blown off trees and fire-weakened trees knocked down during the Thursday forecast high winds.
Over the past month or so, the ACT has been buffeted by a series of different weather systems which have brought, firstly, drought and fire followed by hail and now wind.
The first system brought hot, dry wind from central Australia and that made ideal conditions for the bushfires which ravaged the huge area on either side of Canberra.
The hail came with a new weather system that brought moisture from the Tropics.
The wind comes in a third system, with cold air coming from the Great Australian Bight.
The State Emergency Service advised people to:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
- Secure or put away loose items around your house.
- Keep at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or electrified objects like fences.
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