Weekend cold fronts to bring snow, rain and frost


Victorians and Tasmanians are being warned to brace for the “coldest day of the year” as two cold fronts smash the two southern states on Sunday.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jackson Browne said the cold fronts had started to move across Tasmania and central Victoria on Saturday before the brunt of the winter blast hits in the evening and into Sunday.

Temperatures will plummet to 15 in Melbourne and just 13 in Hobart on Sunday, making it the “coldest day of the year” for the two states.

Victoria can expect overnight lows of 9C.

Mr Browne forecast enormous swell, rain, hail, frost and even low-level snow in areas on higher ground.

By Sunday snow levels would drop to 700-800m in Tasmania, and 900-1000m in Victoria.

“The air is cool enough to support snow right now, but there won’t be snow until this evening and Sunday. Tasmania could even get a dusting in areas on lower ground,” Mr Browne said.

The alpine and Eastern Highlands regions could also see snowfall in Victoria on Sunday.

Mr Brown also warned Tasmanians to expect sea levels up to 10m with gale force winds smashing the western coast.

“We haven’t seen seas this large since about July, 2011,” he said.

“It’s an unusual event from a marine standpoint.”

Mr Browne warned there could even be coastal erosion in sheltered coastal areas around high tide and urged any beach goers to “practice a bit more caution”.

Temperatures in Victoria have already plunged this week, down from 30 degrees on Thursday to 16C on Saturday.

Meanwhile Canberra is expected to plunge below zero on Monday.

The low will be -1C, while it‘ll be a warmer 17C in the daytime.


Hobart will be a cool 7C overnight at the weekend, with snow on Mt Wellington possible.

Adelaide will see a low of 12C over the weekend, with Sunday reaching 19C.

Sydney will escape the cold blast, with highs of 25C expected on Saturday.



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Polar burst will usher in winter


Meteorologists have warned that the imminent double blast of Antarctic air set to cross southern Australia will banish the “last of the warm weather” from many states and set the tone for winter.

Temperatures are set to plunge from tomorrow onwards for Tasmania and Victoria as well as southern areas of South Australia and New South Wales.

Large areas could see temperatures well below freezing with hail likely as well as snow at low levels.

Two cold fronts are sweeping across the south of Australia, one coming through overnight and into Friday and a second on Sunday which will be colder still.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster Michael Efron said that was the end for the mild conditions.

“This burst of cold air means it’s the last of the warm weather we’ll see across Melbourne.”

Matthew Thomas, also from the Bureau, told the Herald Sun the transition to winter was about to get underway. But there was something unusual about the frosty turn.

“It’s not an unexpected occurrence but we don’t necessarily get these abrupt changes all that often. It’s the abrupt nature of this one that’s most significant.

“It’s going to bring some very, very cold temperatures. We’re likely to see some snow in Alpine areas,” he added.

Alison Osborne, a meteorologist with Sky News Weather, said that the change would be sudden with Melbourne going from a high of 30C to barely half that on Friday.

“These will be some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen this year,” she said.

“With maximum temperatures in the mid to low teens it will be the coldest weather so far this year.”

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Getting colder and colder in southern states

In New South Wales, it will remain warm in Sydney for the next couple of days with a high of 29C on Friday and the odd spell of rain.

But the mercury is set to fall with a maximum of 25C on Saturday and then only just getting into the 20s on Monday with a minimum of a mere 11C.

Canberra will sink to a high of 15C by Sunday. The lows will steadily drop from 11C at dawn on Friday to 5C on Saturday and then -1C on a frosty Monday.

Melbourne’s warm Thursday will be a memory on Friday when 17C will be the max with just 15C on Sunday. Dawn will bottom out at 9C on the weekend. Some showers are likely from Friday until Sunday.

Head inland and those minimums will sink further — a low of just 5C greets Bendigo on Monday morning and just 4C in Wodonga.

The Alps should see snow on the weekend with the mercury hitting -5C.

It will get warmer into the middle of next week but not reach the recent highs we’ve seen.

Across the Bass Strait it gets colder still. Hobart will drift down to just 13C on Sunday. Expect a minimum of 8C on Monday morning. Like Melbourne, showers are likely.

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, towering over Hobart, could bottom out below zero on Sunday with a dusting of snow over the weekend.

In the Tasmanian Highlands the snow could be far thicker, with 20cm of precipitation possible on Saturday alone at Lake St Clair.

It will be milder in Adelaide but temperatures are still set to fall to 22C on Friday and 19C on Sunday with lows of 12C.

Cyclone concerns in Western Australia

On the other side of the Nullarbor, Perth is more settled in terms of heat, bouncing around 30C until Monday when a high of 24C is expected.

Rain, some heavy, is a possibility for the WA capital on Sunday and Monday.

That’s likely as a result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which is building up strength in the Indian Ocean and is expected to turn towards land over the weekend or early next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for “dangerous weather” including gale force winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf for the WA coast from south of Geraldton to north of Exmouth.

Steady highs of 33C are expected in Darwin with lows of 25C and possible showers on Friday and Sunday.

Brisbane will see 29-31C across the weekend and into next week with mostly clear skies.



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Polar cold snap to bring subzero temperatures, snow to parts of NSW


A pair of Antarctic cold fronts will bring subzero temperatures and snow to parts of NSW this weekend.

Sydney will experience a dramatic 10 degree drop in just a few days, with Friday’s 30C weather giving way to temperatures in the low 20s by Monday.

On the NSW south coast, temperatures will drop in two stages as the cold fronts succeed each other.

Friday’s temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees will drop to around 20 degrees by Saturday, and then down to a low of 17 on Sunday.

Not far from the coast, the Canberra region will be much colder, with Saturday morning temperatures of around 5C before the mercury will be expected to hover around the zero mark by Monday.

“The really cold weather will come by Monday or Tuesday, that’s because the cold front brings cooler air, and the wind needs to settle down before it gets really chilly,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jiwon Park explained.

Unlike the capital, the coast will be buoyed by unseasonably warm water temperatures.

“The south coast will remain a bit warmer because of the influence of the water,” Mr Park said.

“We are seeing sea surface temperatures remaining slightly warmer than usual.”

In fact, with the ocean temperature remaining around the mid-20s around Batemans Bay, and a few degrees cooler at Merimbula, south coast residents who want to stay warm may want to hit the surf.

The places where the polar conditions will really be felt include the alpine region, Monaro, the ACT, the southern tablelands and parts of the central tablelands like the town of Oberon.

“In parts of those areas we may see temperatures dropping down to below zero degrees during the early part of next week,” Mr Park said.

“There might even be some snow in some parts.”

In the Southern Alps, the snow level could drop below 1200 metres above sea level.

Where it doesn’t snow, the next few days are expected to be drier overall then the beginning of the week, Mr Park said.

“We’ve been under the influence of a moist easterly, and with the passage of the consecutive cold fronts from Friday to Sunday, there’ll be a replacement of that moist easterly by a cooler and drier southerly wind,” he said.

“It will be very dry.”



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Coldest day of year so far forecast


A “polar blast” of Antarctic air is set to sweep across Australia’s south this weekend bringing rain and plunging temperatures.

“A spell of unseasonably warm weather will come to an abrupt end over central and southern Australia this weekend,” said Sky News Weather senior meteorologist Tom Saunders.

The double hit of cold fronts could be so powerful, it may lead to the coldest day of the year so far on Sunday or Monday.

Temperatures could drop so low on Sunday that hail and snow are real possibilities. Melbourne is likely to see its maximum fall from near 30C on Thursday to just 15C on Sunday.

South Australia, southern parts of NSW and the ACT could all feel the chill. Canberra is forecast to hit zero first thing on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, in Western Australia, a tropical cyclone is approaching the coast with warnings of dangerous and destructive conditions.

The area of high pressure that has led to pleasant skies across the east is shuffling off into the Tasman. In its wake are two separate cold fronts coming in from the Great Australian Bight, sucking north cold air from the polar region.

“The warmer temperatures have left southern Victoria about 5C above average,” said Mr Saunders.

“But the cold front hits Hobart on Thursday night, and on Friday morning cold south westerly winds will arrive in Melbourne.”

The two fronts are also likely to bring bursts of rain.

Getting colder and colder in southern states

In New South Wales, it will remain warm in Sydney for the next couple of days with a high of 30C on Friday and the odd spell of rain.

But the mercury is set to fall with a maximum of 24C on Saturday and then only just getting into the twenties on Monday with a minimum of a mere 11C.

Canberra’s Thursday high of 25C will be distant memory by Sunday when 15C will be the top. The lows will steadily drop from 11C at dawn on Friday to 5C on Saturday and then 0C on a frosty Monday.

Savour Melbourne’s warm Thursday which could reach 29C. Friday will reach 17C, as full 12C cooler, with just 15C on Sunday. Dawn will bottom out at 10C on the weekend. Some showers are likely from Friday until Sunday.

Head inland and those minimums will sink further — a low of just 5C greets Bendigo on Monday morning and just 3C in Wodonga.

The Alps should see snow on the weekend with the mercury hitting -5C.

Across the Bass Strait and it just gets colder still. Hobart’s high of 23C on Thursday will drift down to just 13C on Sunday. Expect a minimum of 8C on Monday morning. Like Melbourne, showers are likely.

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, towering over Hobart, could bottom out below zero on Sunday with a dusting of snow over the weekend.

In the Tasmanian Highlands the snow could be far thicker, with 20cm of precipitation possible on Saturday alone at Lake St Clair.

It will be milder in Adelaide but temperatures are still set to fall from 31C on Thursday to 19C on Sunday.

Cyclone concerns in Western Australia

On the other side of the Nullarbor, Perth is more settled in terms of heat, bouncing around 30C until Monday when a high of 24C is expected.

Rain, some heavy, is a possibility for the WA capital on Sunday and Monday.

That’s likely as a result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which is building up strength in the Indian Ocean and is expected to turn towards land over the weekend or early next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for “dangerous weather” including gale force winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf for the WA coast from south of Geraldton to north of Exmouth.

Steady highs of 33C in Darwin with lows of 25C. A possible shower on Friday and Sunday.

Brisbane will see 29-31C across the weekend and into next week with mostly clear skies.



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‘Remarkable, exceptional’ burst of heat continues


Forecasters have said eastern Australia is in the grip of a “pretty remarkable” weather event with a burst of heat lingering around the interior and the possibility of yet more temperature records to tumble.

A string of towns in western New South Wales are creeping up towards the 50C mark. Bourke could break 48C on Tuesday which would only be a whisker away from its highest temperature since modern records began at the site in 1910.

It comes just days after Sydney hit its hottest November overnight temperature as well as an unparalleled two-day run of heat.

Sydney and Brisbane could be toasty again with both city’s western suburbs rising towards and in some cases exceeding 40C. But the cool change that has galloped through further south should keep many other capitals cooler.

“While heatwaves are normal for this time of year, what’s making this burst of heat exceptional is temperatures 18-20C above average and many locations breaking records,” Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Dean Narramore said.

There are warnings that Tuesday could lead to the ideal conditions for thunderstorm asthma to develop with potential storms rolling up the NSW coast. And the hot weather is also ramping up fire weather warnings further inland.

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“There’s some pretty remarkable weather today and during the coming week with heat lingering on and battling a cool change in the southeast and that’s causing some severe weather,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

Walgett, in northern NSW, is looking at 47C as is Thargomindah in southwest Queensland. For many inland areas the scorching conditions seem in no mood to end just yet with days of temperatures in the high 30s.

“The winds are feisty today and that’s leading to dangerous fire weather particularly in hot grasslands area,” Mr Sharpe said.

Severe fire weather warnings are currently in place from much of southern Queensland, inland NSW and northern Victoria.

Sydney’s CBD will be relatively mild today topping out a 29C, but expect 41C in Penrith, in the city’s west, with possible storms. It will be cooler in the coming days as that cold front passes, but it it’s going to heat up again towards the weekend.

Mr Sharpe also warned asthmatics should pack their inhalers over the coming days.

“There is a thunderstorm asthma risk on the NSW coast, particularly in the south. Storms can break up the high pollen count leading to significant risk for asthma sufferers.”

In Brisbane, the mercury is expected to hit 32C today and 34C tomorrow in the CBD. The further west you go the warmer it gets with Ipswich on 36C on Tuesday rising to 40C on Thursday and then bobbing around the high 30s and low 40s for much of the next week.

“A cold change is expected across southeast Queensland on Thursday with temperatures dropping but elsewhere it remains hot,” Mr Sharpe said.

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The BOM’s Mr Narramore said the heat was building up in Central Australia and then being dragged towards the coast by cold fronts that were leading temperatures to “soar” across wide swathes of the east.

Canberra is set to hit 35C on Tuesday before falling into the mid-20s for the rest of the week.

A mild 27C is expected in Melbourne and then a drop to 19C on Wednesday. That will set the tone for the rest of the week. There will be imilar conditions for Hobart but there could also be a shower or two in Tasmania.

Perth will see a sunny week with temperatures generally in the mid-20s but Thursday could get to 31C with a warm weekend beckoning.

Adelaide will have a run of very manageable days around 21C rising towards the 30C mark on Friday before dipping down again.

In the Top End the weather remains stormy. Darwin will see a 34C high and afternoon unsettled conditions.



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