Gusts above 90km/h: Damaging wind warning issued for Canberra

The hot westerlies would turn more southwesterly later as conditions cooled off.

Winds are expected to be even worse in areas around Canberra. They are expecting average winds of 80km/h to 100km/h with peak gusts or more than 120km/h in Thredbo Tops, Braidwood, Goulburn, Cooma, Bombala, and Adaminaby on Tuesday afternoon. Thredbo recorded an average wind of 94km/h gusting to 124km/h at 9.30am.

The State Emergency Service advises:

  • Moving vehicles under cover or away from trees
  • Securing or putting away loose items around your house, yard and balcony
  • Staying at least eight metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences and reporting all fallen power lines to the relevant electricity company
  • For emergency help call 132 500

There is a total fire ban in the ACT on Tuesday, with the forecast fire danger rating at severe. This ranks alongside the worst conditions seen this summer.

A hot air mass is moving across NSW and the ACT on Tuesday ahead of the passage of a cold front, which is expected to bring relief by Wednesday.


A spokesperson for ACT’s fire services said the customary fire ban restrictions would be in place on Tuesday, and additional fire crews would be stood up as a precaution. All four of the ACT’s remote fire towers would be crewed from 10am.

During the total fire ban, people are prohibited from:

  • Lighting, maintaining or using a fire in the open air
  • Using fireworks in the open air
  • Doing a high risk activity such as welding, grinding, soldering and gas cutting
  • Using slashers and harvesting machinery in rural areas




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