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Tassie braces for a lashing

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Bass Strait Islanders as well as those in parts of Tasmania's northeast, northwest and central north can expect fierce conditions to blow in late on Thursday afternoon.

The Weather Bureau has issued an alert for potentially damaging gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour thanks to a vigorous cold front set to cross the state this evening.

The winds will ease slightly later on Thursday evening. 

It comes with a new climate outlook from the Bureau predicting much of the country is in line for above average rainfall in Spring, while Tasmania can expect higher temperatures than the norm. 

BOM Manager of Climate Operations Dr Andrew Watkins says Tasmania's north and west can expect a wet few months ahead. 

"In the southern half of the country, we've got a strong swing in the odds again towards warmer conditions, cooler-than-average conditions more likely for southern Australia," he said. 

"Overall, generally looking wetter across much of eastern Australia and warmer across northern Australia."