A cold front is sweeping across eastern Australia this week, bringing with it gusty winter winds, hail and even snow in some regions.
Despite a warm start to spring, temperatures have nosedived by 10C with parts of NSW and Victoria experiencing 20cm of snowfall overnight and gale-force wintry winds.
David Wilke from the Bureau of Meteorology said NSW and other areas in Australia’s east would see the comeback of winter temperatures for the rest of this week.
But luckily for the lockdown-weary east of NSW, weather will improve drastically as the week goes on – with highs of 27C on Friday and a sunny – but slightly colder – 21C on Saturday in Sydney.
Melburnians won’t enjoy the same pleasant spring temperatures, with highs of just 14C on Saturday and 15 on Sunday.
With a cold front sweeping across east Australia, snow has been seen falling in areas just 600m above sea level, with parts of NSW reaching -2C overnight
‘We are getting throttled back into temperatures that are a bit more like winter’, he commented to the ABC.
‘You could see some isolated damage to properties.’
Both Greater Sydney and the Hunter regions are bracing for widespread showers and thunderstorms for the week, with coastal towns being hit hardest by forecast winds of up to 50 km per hour.
Snow is falling in areas just 600m above water level such as Cooma in the south of NSW with other snowfall recorded mostly along ranges in the NSW tablelands from areas such as Bathurst and Oberon to Armidale and Glen Innes.
In Armidale, temperatures reportedly dropped to -2C overnight on Tuesday, with snow seen falling in the area.
The cold front also dumped 15-20cm of snow onto major snowfield resorts. Mt Hotham on the Great Dividing Range in Victoria saw snowfall of 13cm overnight.
Snowfall of 15-20cm was seen in major snowfield resorts including Perisher (pictured)
Areas in the Snowy Mountains in NSW are set to only reach highs of 8C throughout the rest of the week with lows of -3C forecast.
More snow is set to fall in the region later in the week.
‘The alps are going to see probably a number of centimetres of snow through the course of the event,’ Mr Wilke said.
Other parts of Victoria are also experiencing the wild weather, with hail falling in areas of Melbourne and residents in Marysville in the Yarra Valley waking up to a blanket on their backyards.
Canberra is also feeling the freeze, with frost forecast in the morning for most of this week. Lows of -1C are predicted with highs not surpassing 20C.
In other areas of Australia’s east, Queensland is set to miss most of the wintry weather with sun forecast and temperatures hitting highs in the mid to late 20s.
The wild weather including winds of up to 50km per hour are set to last the rest of the week along the east coast (pictured, a woman in windy Sydney)
Mr Wilke commented that in areas that don’t usually see snow, it is only likely they will see a dusting before it slows down.
These colder conditions are also likely to cause ice to form on roads.
‘Just generally keep up to date with forecasts and warnings so you’re not heading into an area that’s potentially dangerous,’ he warned.
On the coast, Surf Life Saving NSW said swells between 1.5 and 1.7m have been forecast for the week and warned those near coastlines to take care in the water
‘School holidays have started across the state, and we anticipate an increase in the number of people visiting our coastline,’ said director Joel Wiseman to the ABC.
Parts of Melbourne also saw strong wind and rain, with hail storms recorded in areas on Victoria’s coastline (pictured, hail in Victoria)
‘Given the conditions we are expecting, I would strongly urge people to understand their limitations and avoid taking unnecessary risks in the water.’
For areas on the other side of Australia, Perth is set for a mostly sunny week with highs in the mid-20s and a minimum of 8 on Friday.
Darwin has dodged these wintry conditions, with a forecast of humid and sunny weather and possible showers later in the week. Temperatures are set to range between the low-20s to mid-30s throughout the week.
Adelaide and Hobart are both feeling the effects of this cold front, looking to be overcast only hitting maximum temperatures in the mid-to-high teens with possible showers and wind forecast.
These conditions are forecast to last the rest of the week along the east of Australia.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY THIS WEEK
Wednesday Sunny. Min 11 Max 23
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 24
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 23
Saturday Sunny. Min 11 Max 25
Sunday Shower or two. Min 14 Max 20
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 17
Thursday Sunny. Min 8 Max 21
Friday Possible showers. Min 9 Max 17
Saturday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 16
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 5 Max 19
Wednesday Early drizzle. Min 10 Max 17
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 21
Friday Showers. Min 11 Max 18
Saturday Shower or two. Min 6 Max 14
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 15
Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 20
Thursday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 16
Friday Showers. Becoming windy. Min 7 Max 13
Saturday Shower or two. Min 4 Max 10
Sunday Cloudy. Min 4 Max 14
Wednesday Morning frost. Partly cloudy. Min -1 Max 17
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 20
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 20
Saturday Early frost. Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 16
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 2 Max 15
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 20
Thursday Sunny. Min 13 Max 26
Friday Sunny. Min 15 Max 27
Saturday Shower or two. Min 15 Max 19
Sunday Possible shower. Min 12 Max 18
Wednesday Sunny. Min 10 Max 24
Thursday Sunny. Min 10 Max 25
Friday Sunny. Min 12 Max 28
Saturday Sunny. Min 14 Max 31
Sunday Possible shower. Min 16 Max 23
Wednesday Sunny. Min 24 Max 36
Thursday Sunny. Min 21 Max 34
Friday More humid and sunny. Min 22 Max 33
Saturday Possible shower. Min 23 Max 33
Sunday Possible shower. Min 23 Max 34