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Adelaide braces for extreme weather warning and king tide

South Australia braces for severe weather warning with sandbags available from Monday 30th May 2022.

Photo: From a previous king tide by Jason Hywood

In anticipation of tonight’s extreme weather and king tide warning issued, the State Emergency Service (SES) will have free sandbags available on Monday, 30th May 2022 at various locations.

Much of southern and eastern Australia will be impacted by a strong cold front and low-pressure system from today and into next week. 

Residents of south-east SA, will feel the brunt of the weather systems with below-average temperatures, showers, low-level snow and brisk winds. 

Severe Weather Warnings for damaging winds currently stretch across SA.

Severe Weather Warnings will continue to evolve over the coming days, so people should continue to monitor warnings. 

Severe thunderstorms and small hail are also possible, mainly in the south. Thunderstorms may bring the risk of localised destructive winds. This cold front may also bring significant rainfall to some regions where water storages are near full and soils are saturated, so river rises are possible in several catchments.

Temperatures will drop significantly in the wake of the front, with below average temperatures expected for the next week.  

The cold front will reach the east coast late Monday and into Tuesday morning, with very strong north-west winds ahead that may generate damage along the eastern seaboard and south-east Qld coasts. 

It will be very windy, leading to possible blizzard conditions. Significant snow accumulations of 20-50cm are possible for the ski resorts.

Large waves and swell conditions will impact most of the southern mainland coast. Parts of the coast could see tides near or above High Astronomical Tide (HAT). Very large seas will accompany the front, largely in SA and western Vic. People should monitor warnings and check conditions.

At the time of publishing the severe thunrderstorm warning has been cancelled. For more updates on the latest warnings, head to the Bureau website.

The Bureau is recommending communities stay up to date with the latest Bureau warnings through the Bureau’s website and BOM Weather app and follow the advice of emergency services. 

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