Windy wintry weather on the way

WILD WEATHER: Another weekend of wild weather is predicted for large parts of South Australia. Photo: Shutterstock
WILD WEATHER: Another weekend of wild weather is predicted for large parts of South Australia. Photo: Shutterstock

Another weekend of severe weather is expected across South Australia.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting a very windy and wet few days, with widespread showers, thunderstorms, localised heavy rainfall and flooding, potentially damaging winds - including locally destructive winds - and abnormally high tides in some parts of the state.

This includes in Port Lincoln, Kingscote, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Clare, Keith and Murray Bridge.

This is due to multiple fronts crossing the south of the state, with the strongest of them expected during Saturday evening.

Damaging gusts stronger than 90 kilometres per hour are likely and more frequent across the south of the warning area, and associated with showers and thunderstorms.

With the BOM issuing a severe weather warning, managing meteorologist Philip Perkins said plenty of wind and rain was expected.

"While today is milder, on Saturday we will see a return of hazardous weather, where we can expect very windy conditions across much of the state with the highest risk of damaging winds expected with the arrival of a cool change on Saturday late afternoon through to Sunday morning," he said.

"It is possible to see locally destructive wind gusts with this change, especially with thunderstorm activity.

"More rainfall is on the way with cumulative rainfall totals to midnight Tuesday expected to be 1-5 millimetres over the agricultural area and Flinders Ranges, 10-20 mm about southern agricultural area, 20-30 mm over the Lower South East district, and 30-60 mm about the southern Mount Lofty Ranges."

He said rough seas and large waves of six to eight metres were forecast to develop about exposed western and southern coasts.

"Waves higher than eight metres are only typically experienced about once per year in South Australia," he said.

The State Emergency Service (SES) is warning South Australians to be ready.

SES chief of staff Graeme Wynwood has urged people to prepare ahead of the forecast conditions, to keep themselves and their property safe.

"Keeping gutters and downpipes free of leaf litter and other rubbish will also reduce the risk of water damage to your home and business," he said.

"Securing and putting away loose items, such as trampolines and outdoor furniture, is one step you can take to prevent them from becoming airborne and causing damage to your property or your neighbour's property."

Mr Wynwood also reminded South Australians of the danger from flying debris, falling trees and downed powerlines.

He said to always assume fallen powerlines were live, and that they should be reported to SA Power Networks on 13 13 66.

"Never drive through floodwaters and make sure children don't play in or near fast-flowing water," he said.

The SES is urging people to listen to local radio stations and monitor the SES website and social media channels for information, updates and advice.

Residents needing assistance from the SES during storms and floods should call 132 500.

When calling for assistance, people should let the operator know if they are in COVID quarantine or isolation.

Information and further steps on how home and business owners can prepare for severe weather can be found on the SES website at ses.sa.gov.au.

Further weather information can be found at bom.gov.au.

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