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Dozens of flights grounded in wild weather

Dozens of flights have been grounded in Melbourne and Sydney as wild winds lash Australia’s south-east.

Thirty-one domestic flights have so far been cancelled out of Melbourne, mostly because of the weather. No international flights have been affected at this stage.

Airlines were warning passengers to check their flight status on Friday.

“There’s windy weather about, which is affecting services across our network. Sorry, we know this blows,” Virgin Australia said on Twitter.

Jetstar said strong winds in Sydney had caused cancellations and delays to domestic flights.

“We thank customers travelling to or from Sydney for their patience and advise them to check the current status of their flight,” a Jetstar statement said.

“We appreciate delays are frustrating, however safety is our highest priority.”

Jetstar passengers will be contacted by SMS.theage.