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Another burst of chilly Antarctic air is moving across southeast Australia now, bringing cold temperatures, brisk winds, showers, small hail and more SNOW!
The cold front is currently crossing Victoria and will move across central NSW during today and then out to the Tasman Sea on Thursday where it will spawn into an east coast low. The bad news (if you don’t like the cold) is that this morning is likely to be the coldest of the year, if not for a few years, across most of the southeast and all the way up to tropical Queensland!
Melbourne is already on track for its coldest week in almost 20 years with the maximum temperature failing to get above 14 degrees since last Saturday. Today was the city’s coldest day in 2 years getting to just 9.8 degrees. Meanwhile, Sydney is shivering through its coldest spell of minimum temperatures since 1978, with 12 days in a row of 8 degrees or cooler. And it’s getting colder…
Chilly morning ahead! Brisbane woke up to just 5 degrees on Wednesday morning, its coldest night in 12 months (well below the July minimum average of 10 degrees), Melbourne 4 degrees and Sydney 6 degrees.
What about snow? It’s expected to get down to as low as 500m in western Victoria and 1000m in New South Wales so places like Blackheath, Lithgo, Katoomba, Blackheath and Orange in NSW could all get a dusting over the next few days. For the NSW central and northern ranges this will most likely be on Thursday and Friday. The good news for the resorts is that we should see up to another 20cm of fresh powder by Friday. Late Thursday and Friday we could see strong to gale force winds as the east coast low forms offshore. A high will move in over the weekend and clear conditions, making way for a perfect weekend of sunny skiing and snowboarding.
Let’s talk about this east coast low as there’s possible severe weather for Sydney! It’s expected to form off the South Coast of NSW on Thursday and both the BOM and GFS computer forecasting model suggests that it could bring heavy rain and damaging winds to the Illawarra and South Coast of NSW from Thursday night, Sydney from Friday morning until about 4pm and the Hunter in the afternoon. Between Thursday and Friday, the low could bring falls between 50-100mm from Sydney to the VIC border, but damaging winds look like the biggest threat. It should ease by Friday afternoon but if it does come off, the Friday morning commute could be accompanied by severe weather so I just want to give you a heads up.
Stay warm folks and if you have any questions, leave a comment below!