Weather warning issued for damaging winds in Murraylands, Mount Lofty Ranges, upper South East, other districts; Murray Bridge skate park opening cancelled

Image: The Station/Facebook.

Image: The Station/Facebook.

Updated 3.15pm

The opening of Murray Bridge’s new skate park, scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday, has been cancelled due to a weather warning from the Bureau of Meteorology.

A strong front with squally showers and thunderstorms is expected to sweep across the south of South Australia today.

More severe winds will follow on Saturday, says the bureau.

The strong cold front, which was moving through Adelaide at 2.45pm, was expected to move rapidly east and reach the eastern border by evening.

Damaging winds, squally showers and thunderstorms will accompany this front.

A follow-up frontal system will generate very windy conditions on Saturday.

Northwest to westerly winds will increase to 50-65 kilometres per hour with gusts in excess of 90km/h for a period ahead of the front, persisting for a few hours.

A band of squally showers and thunderstorms will accompany the front, with scattered showers to follow across southern districts.

Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are likely to occur with the showers and thunderstorms, and short bursts of heavy rain are also likely.

Locations which may be affected include Adelaide, Port Lincoln, Cleve, Maitland, Clare, Murray Bridge, Keith and Mount Gambier.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge told The Standard just before 1pm on Friday that the skate park opening had been postponed on the recommendation of the pro skaters who had been expected to appear at the event.

An announcement was expected on its Facebook page.

Meanwhile, during the dangerous weather, the State Emergency Service advised that people should: 

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees; 
  • Secure or put away loose items around your property. 
  • Stay indoors, away from windows, while conditions are severe. 

The bureau will issue an update by 6pm Friday.