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Storms strike Australia's southeast

Ben Domensino, Tuesday May 29, 2018 - 09:31 AEST

Rain and thunderstorms swept across South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania during the last 24 hours, causing damaging winds and the heaviest rain in a couple of months in some areas.

The stormy weather was caused by a complex system comprised of a cold front, low pressure troughs and a low pressure system, which swept in from the west on Monday and will continue moving eastwards on Tuesday.

Some places received their best rain in a couple of months during the 24 hours to 9am on Tuesday, including Victoria's Redesdale (16mm) and Sheffield (23mm) in Tasmania. While Adelaide only picked up 1mm in the city prior to 9am, further showers are likely later today.

Wind gusts reached 106km/h on South Australia's Neptune Island and 104km/h at Victoria's Mt William shortly before midnight, with gusts also pushing above 100km/h in the NSW alps on Tuesday morning.

Today, a band of showers associated with the cold front will move through Tasmania and eastern Victoria this morning and push further into central NSW into the afternoon.

In the wake of the front, the low pressure system and associated trough will cause further showers and blustery winds in southern parts of South Australia, western Victoria and western Tasmania today. Some of these showers will fall as snow and small hail thanks to a pool of cold air sweep in behind the low.

Adelaide is forecast to be the coldest capital city in Australia today, with a predicted top of 16 degrees, which is three below average for May.

- Weatherzone

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