Cool change to bring damaging winds to fire-affected parts of state

Cool change to bring damaging winds to fire-affected parts of state

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A farmer at Ensay feeds out donated hay. Photo by Kelly van den Berg.

A farmer at Ensay feeds out donated hay. Photo by Kelly van den Berg.

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A cool change is on its way for much of the state as temperatures soar again today.

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A cool change is on its way for much of the state as temperatures soar again today.

But the cool change brings severe weather warnings to the north-east and eastern parts of the state, as damaging winds could hit the fire-affected areas later this afternoon.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Michael Efron said temperatures were well into the high 20s by mid-morning across the state today, and are headed to the low 40s across much of eastern and north-east Victoria.

Mr Efron said the cool change was currently over western parts of the state, and would reach central Victoria by 1-2pm.

"That change does reach eastern areas during the late afternoon and early evening," he said.

He said 5-10 millimetres of rain could come with the cool change in the east.

"But a lot more rain is needed to put these fires out, in excess of 50mm [is needed]," he said.

He said the rain could actually create hazardous conditions in terms of making landscapes slippery for fire fighting vehicles.

"If we do get locally, heavy rain, it could cause a lot of debris to be swept away given the bare ground in those areas," he said.

He said the cyclone moving over Western Australia at the moment was feeding some of the moisture in south-east Australia.

"The front crossing Victoria later today will link up with some of that moisture and help deliver those moderate falls across the state," he said.

He said next week's forecast was more promising.

"As we head into the early part of next week, we do see winds tending a little more north-easterly, which does introduce some moisture across the state from the Tasman Sea," he said.

"Temperatures are not getting too high, generally in the mid to high 20s or low 30s.

"Then by Wednesday, we do see some shower and storm activity across the state, especially in those eastern parts.

"There is no really hot day in the next seven days apart from today."

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