Winds gusting to 98km/h have torn through the Brisbane Ranges near Meredith during a windy 24 hours across the Moorabool region.

The unusually high wind reading was recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology in Sheoaks at 9.57pm (Wednesday).

It was the strongest gust for seven years and the fifth windiest since the station was set up in 2004, despite the site being only 230m above sea level. 

Sheoaks’ maximum was 106km/h on 2 April 2008.


Meanwhile, Melbourne Airport clocked a maximum wind speed of 72km/h at 7.19pm while the icy blast came later for Avalon, where 70kmh was recorded at midnight.


The weather station at Ballarat airport recorded a top gust of 57km/h at 11.30pm


The State Emergency Service has seen no callouts in the Midwest region (Bacchus Marsh to Kaniva), but two overnight near Bendigo in the North West region.

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This is what 98km/h winds would look like