A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been issued for Ararat and Stawell on Wednesday.
A strong cold front will cross Victoria on Wednesday with strengthening northerly winds forecast ahead of a gusty westerly change.
Damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 kilometres per hour with peak gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are expected to develop over western Victoria early Wednesday morning then extend to central and eastern parts later in the morning.
Damaging winds are more likely to affect elevated and coastal areas. Damaging gusts are also likely with passing showers or coastal thunderstorms.
Winds are expected to rapidly ease over the west in the early afternoon then ease throughout Wednesday night.
Locations which may be affected include Warrnambool, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
The State Emergency Service has advised that people should:
- Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
- Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
- Keep clear of fallen power lines;
Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau's website at www.bom.gov.au or call 1300 659 217.
The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 5:00 pm Tuesday on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.