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Parts of Australia set for coldest spring day in 23 years with rain and snow to hit the south-east

Temperatures are set to plummet across Australia’s south-east in the coming days as  a low pressure system lashes the region and brings heavy rain, damaging winds and snow.  

Adelaide will cop a soaking on Thursday with up to 15mm rain forecast, followed by a top of 13C on Friday – the city’s coldest spring day since 1997.

Melburnians should also keep their umbrellas handy with up to 20mm of rain and a top of just 12C tipped on Friday, which would be its chilliest September day in 20 years.








Melbourne will cop a bucketing on Friday with up to 20mm rain forecast. Pictured is a man and woman trying to keep dry on the daily wall in Melbourne last month

Melbourne will cop a bucketing on Friday with up to 20mm rain forecast. Pictured is a man and woman trying to keep dry on the daily wall in Melbourne last month

‘Local hail, with isolated thunderstorms in the morning and afternoon. Heavy falls possible about the nearby hills,’ the Bureau of Meteorology forecast for Melbourne states.

The miserable conditions will continue into the weekend with a top of 13C on Saturday and 14C on Sunday.

It will be a slightly warmer weekend in Adelaide with maximums of 15C and 18C on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

A complex low system will see temperatures in the nation’s south-east south plummet up to 10 below average, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The extreme cold front about to hit is rare for this time of the year.

Australia's alpine regions can expected some snow this Friday and Saturday. Pictured is a woman making the most of ideal conditions in Thredbo on August 22

Australia’s alpine regions can expected some snow this Friday and Saturday. Pictured is a woman making the most of ideal conditions in Thredbo on August 22

Melbourne and Adelaide could record their coldest spring days in years  on Friday. Pictured are the maximum temperatures and rain levels forecast

Melbourne and Adelaide could record their coldest spring days in years  on Friday. Pictured are the maximum temperatures and rain levels forecast

‘It’s rare to see it this late in the year,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino told Yahoo News Australia.

‘It’s an interesting system but it also could be a dangerous weather event.’

‘We could see damaging winds, thunderstorms and hail so check for warnings in your area.’

Low-lying snow is expected to Tasmania, southern and central NSW, the ACT, and Victoria around 700-800 metres above sea level on Friday into Saturday. 

The mainland alpine areas are also expected to get a dusting. 

Tasmania will also feel the force of the rare cold front.

‘Cooler conditions and showers with a series of fronts and troughs to end the week for Tasmania. Snowfalls to around 700m in the west and south, and to around 900m elsewhere,’ BOM tweeted.

In the ACT,  Canberra can expect showers and a top of just 11 on Friday.

Central NSW could see some snow in the coming days. Pictured is the town of Oberon on August 22 when it saw 22cm of snow

Central NSW could see some snow in the coming days. Pictured is the town of Oberon on August 22 when it saw 22cm of snow

The rain and chilly conditions (regions pictured in blue) are the result of an extreme cold front unusual for this time of the year

The rain and chilly conditions (regions pictured in blue) are the result of an extreme cold front unusual for this time of the year

The rain  and chilly conditions will continue into the weekend, where the nation’s capital will wake up to a 1C on Saturday and 0C on Sunday. 

Over in the west, temperatures in Perth will plummet in the coming days from 31C on Thursday down to 24C on Friday and a wet 21C forecast for the weekend.

Much of NSW will be unaffected by the extreme cold front. 

Sydneysiders will see a top of 24C on Friday before temperatures cool down to 20C on Saturday and 19C on Sunday for the start of the school holidays.

Brisbane will remain sunny with a top of 30C on both Thursday and Friday before dropping to 26C over the weekend while in the Top End, Darwin’s temperatures will remain in the mid-30s

The rain and below average temperatures in Australia's south-east will hang around on Saturday (pictured)

The rain and below average temperatures in Australia’s south-east will hang around on Saturday (pictured)

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