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2000km cold front brings rain, storms to east coast

Australia weather: 2000km cold front brings rain, storms to east coast

WATCH: Humid and stormy in the east as southeastern Australia awaits winter-like weather later this week. Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe explains the weather to watch.

Storms that stretched more than 2000km from the Northern Territory to Victoria are set to continue to cause havoc across the nation’s east coast.

The large front pushed towards northeast New South Wales overnight, while another separate cold front is expected to bring 100km/h winds to southern Victoria on Tuesday.

The weather bureau has issued a severe weather warning for damaging winds for southern Victoria and southeast NSW.

Winds averaging 60 to 70km/h are expected to hit Melbourne, while peak gusts up to 100km/h are likely in elevated areas above 500m.

Places likely to be affected include Ballarat, Geelong, Gippsland, the Snowy Mountains and the Illawarra region.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Richard Russell said the cold front would bring widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms near the coast.

He said it would move eastwards throughout Tuesday with showers and a “squally” wind change likely to hit Melbourne‚Ķ

Jack Paynter

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