Wild weather lashes Tasmania

Andrew Casper-Richardson, 30 June 2019

A complex low and cold front has brought a wintry blast to the southeastern states in the last 24 hours including the Apple Isle.

A cold front roared over Tasmania on Saturday bringing strong winds and showers. The highest totals were over the northwest corner of the state where there were widespread falls over 50mm. The highest 24 hour total to 9am Sunday was at Fisher River where 145mm fell, while 117mm was recorded at Pine Tree Rivulet. Sheffield had their highest daily June total since records began in 1997, picking up 65mm.  

Rainfall totals were significantly less in the east and south with falls generally remaining below 5mm. Although Hobart missed out on the rain yesterday, there are showers forecast for the next few days but falls are likely to remain below 5mm each day.

A deep low to the south of Tasmania worked in concert with a large high over central Australia to bring a blustery winds to the state. On Saturday night, Mt Read registered a wind gust of 107km/h and both Mt Wellington and Cape Grim reached 106km/h on Sunday morning. 

These wintry conditions will continue on Sunday on Monday. Another cold front will move through on Tuesday and conditions will start easing on Wednesday. Elevated and exposed areas could see further wind gusts in excess of 100km/h. Rainfall will be heaviest over the western half of the state. Daily totals of over 50mm are possible and some locations may pick up another 100mm by the end of Tuesday.