Australia’s east coast is set to experience it’s ‘first taste of winter’ this weekend.
A series of cold fronts are expected to bring severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, heavy rain and snow to south-east Australia over the next 48 hours.
The big temperature change is coming on Sunday night and early Monday morning, with overnight temperatures forecast to drop as much as 10C for parts of the country.
Bureau of Meteorology Meteorologist Dr Helen Kirkup told Daily Mail Australia the cool change will arrive late in the weekend when the strong winds drop off.
Australia’s east coast is set to experience it’s ‘first taste of winter’ this weekend
A man walks across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in heavy rain during the state wide lockdown
‘We’ll start seeing some colder temperatures tomorrow and then particularly Sunday night and early Monday morning some of those temperatures with this wind having moved on we’ll see some fairly cold night-time temperatures,’ she said.
She said a combination of the cold air associated with the weather system and a dropping of winds will see cities like Canberra, Sydney and Armidale experience a cold change.
‘Sydney got to 19.7C on Friday night and will drop to 13 degrees overnight. Canberra has been hovering around 11C or 12C as an overnight temp and they’ll be down to around 6C, in the Northern Tablelands we’ve been seeing temperatures of 16C now tonight they’ll probably be more like 5C or 6C,’ she said.
Throughout the week temperatures are forecast to drop across Brisbane, Adelaide, and Hobart while Perth and Darwin will continue to experience hot weather in excess of 30C.
A gusty cold front moivng across south-east Australia will bring strong winds and cooler temperatures
But while Sydney and Canberra will be shivering through colder nights, clear skies and sunshine will return temperatures back to normal during the daytime.
Meanwhile the cold fronts are likely to bring the first snowfall to Australia for 2020.
The weather event could bring between 10-20 centimeters of snow to higher altitudes in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains on Sunday night.
But snow bunnies won’t be able to enjoy the weather event due to restrictions around COVID-19 banning any non-essential outings.
Meanwhile the cold fronts are likely to bring the first snowfall to Australia for 2020
The weather event could bring between 10-20 centimeters of snow to higher altitudes in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains
The web cams are also offline so they won’t even be able to view it from afar.
New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania have already endured the first part of the weather event- with rain and strong winds on Friday night and into Saturday morning.
The storms were so severe in Victoria they created flash flooding in central parts of the state including around Bendigo, damaging buildings and trapping people in their cars .
The weather event also brought gusty winds to large parts of the west of the New South Wales, creating a dust storm in Broken Hill with visibility less than 100 metres during the height of the event.
FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST:
SATURDAY: Max. 27 Showers clearing to sun
SUNDAY: Min. 13 Max. 25 Sunny
MONDAY: Min 13. Max 24. Partly cloudy
TUESDAY: Min 14. Max 21. Showers
WEDNESDAY: Min 14. Max 22 Possible shower
SATURDAY: Max 31.
SUNDAY: Min 21. Max 30. Sunny
MONDAY: Min 19. Max 28. Mostly sunny
TUESDAY: Min 19 Max 27. Partly cloudy
WEDNESDAY: Min 18. Max 26. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 17. Showers
SUNDAY: Min 13. Max 25 Shower or two
MONDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Possible showers
TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 19. Partly cloudy
WEDNESDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Partly cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 29. Mostly sunny
SUNDAY: Min 17. Max 31. Partly cloudy
MONDAY: Min 19. Max 34. Mostly Sunny
TUESDAY: Min 20. Max 34. Sunny
WEDNESDAY: Min 21. Max 35. Mostly Sunny
SATURDAY: Max. 16 Showers
SUNDAY: Min. 9 Max. 16 Showers
MONDAY: Min 10. Max 16. Possible showers
TUESDAY: Min 10. Max 16. Cloudy
WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Cloudy
SATURDAY: Max 17. Windy
SUNDAY: Min 7. Max 15. Cloudy
MONDAY: Min 8. Max 17. Partly cloudy
TUESDAY: Min 6. Max 18. Partly cloudy
WEDNESDAY: Min 7. Max 19. Mostly sunny
SATURDAY: Max 33.
SUNDAY: Min. 26. Max 32. Shower or two and possible storms
MONDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two and possible storms
TUESDAY: Min. 25. Max 33. Shower or two and possible storms
WEDNESDAY: Min 25. Max 32. Shower or two and possible storms
SATURDAY: Max 17. Showers easing
SUNDAY: Min 6. Max 14. Showers
MONDAY: Min 8. Max 15. Poss showers
TUESDAY: Min 8. Max 16. Partly cloudy
WEDNESDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Cloudy
Source: Bureau of Meteorology