Hundreds of flights cancelled as wild weather hits east coast

Wild winds battering Australia's east coast have left with dozens of flights from Melbourne to Sydney and Canberra cancelled.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at Sydney Airport from Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra with the city's train services also in chaos as gusts of than 100km/h wreak havoc on the city's harbour. 

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin have all had to cancel or delay flights to Sydney and Canberra due to strong winds.

Qantas cancelled eight flights before 6.30pm on Friday evening.

A Qantas spokesman said about 40 flights across the network had been affected due to the winds in New South Wales.

A Virgin spokeswoman said a number of services to and from Sydney had also been disrupted due to the strong winds.

Tigerair has also been hit with delays and cancellations, while a small number of other services across the network had also been affected.

However, the airline did not expect  further delays or cancellations for the rest of the weekend.  

Wintry conditions will remain this weekend, with a high chance of rain in Melbourne's southeastern suburbs and a top of 13 degrees. 

There is also a gale warning for the west coast and east Gippsland, while a strong wind warning has been issued for the east Gippsland coast today.

Courtesy: The Age

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