Victoria is set to cop a dose of heavy wind and rain on Wednesday thanks to a cold front moving across the state. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for areas across the state.

The weather will particularly effect Victorian residents in the Central, East Gippsland, Mallee, South West, Northern Country, North Central, North East, West, South Gippsland and Wimmera forecast districts.

Winds averaging 60 to 70 kilometres per hour, with peak gusts rising to around 100 kilometres per hour, will hit the west of the state on Wednesday morning, particularly in elevated areas. Those gusts will rise up to 110 kilometres per hour in central Victoria, and up to 120 kilometres per hour in the north-east alps. Areas 1200 metres below sea level will have less chance of gusts exceeding 100 kilometres per hour.

The winds will gradually ease, beginning in the west, from Wednesday afternoon.

The Wimmera and Mallee districts will likely experience thunderstorms and heavy rain, which could lead to flash flooding.

In Melbourne winds will range from 30 to 60 kilometres per hour, easing in the afternoon. Between eight and 20 millimetres of rainfall is expected.

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