City could be hit by winds of up to 100km/h on Sunday afternoon

Victorians are being warned to brace for damaging winds and thunderstorms, which could make for dangerous bushfire conditions in some parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says temperatures will rise and strong, dry and gusty northern winds will hit the southwestern part of the state from Sunday morning.

By the afternoon, winds of up to 100km/h in elevated locations are expected to reach the central area, including Melbourne.

“These are the kind of winds that can blow away outdoor furniture or cause weaker tree limbs and things to come down,” meteorologist Callum Stuart of the BOM said.

“It’ll sort of be a few hours prior to the cold change coming through where the winds are a risk.”

Melbourne was expected to reach a top of 27C on Saturday and 33C on Sunday, before a cold front should bring a sharp drop in temperature.

But Mr Stuart said significant rainfall is unlikely, which could lead to heightened bushfire risk for some Victorians.

“Dry lightning is a risk up in those northwestern parts, where the fire danger is elevated tomorrow as well,” he said.

However, the danger period is expected to be short-lived, with conditions clearing by late Sunday.

The mild weather at the beginning of next week should last until about Thursday, when more thunderstorm activity is expected.

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