Powerful Winds Picking Up Dust In Melbourne

Some Melburnians have woken up to a dusty morning after a sweltering night.

Strong wind gusts of up to 90 km/h are whipping up dust in some areas, particularly over the western suburbs, including Rockbank and Ravenhall.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Newham said the conditions weren't quite enough to call it a dust storm, where visibility is reduced down to 100 metres.

"We are still trying to get across it. Our message now is there are very strong, and potentially damaging, winds including the Melbourne area," he told 10 daily.

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A severe weather warning for winds averaging 60 km/h, with peak gusts of up to 100km/h, is currently in place for those in Central, East Gippsland, South West, North Central, West and South Gippsland.

The temperature in Melbourne cooled down to 23.9 degrees on Friday morning, after a sweltering night that sat around 25.4 degrees at 11.30pm.

It wasn't quite a record -- the highest overnight low for November was 26.2 degrees -- but it came pretty close.

Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to approach from the west, with further storm warnings predicted to be issued later on Friday.

More updates to come. 

Featured image: Dr Luke Gahan via Twitter