A double serving of cold fronts is set to smash into the south east over the next few days bringing a run of balmy winter weather to a shuddering halt.
Blustery and damaging winds are set to batter the country’s south east later today and overnight with rain and possible storms coming in behind.
A pair of powerful cold fronts is also leaving south west Western Australia windy and wet.
These cold fronts are moving across the Great Australian Bight towards the south east. Ahead of these systems it is unseasonably warm with parts of the New South Wales coast seeing maximums of 20C – that’s 5C above average for midwinter.
“It‘s a nice pulse of warmth in south eastern Australia ahead of the cold change. But the wind chill factor will mean that in many areas it won’t necessarily feel much warmer,” Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe told news.com.au.
But the cooler change is set to arrive by Thursday morning in the south east, later across the Murray, with a further burst of rain on Friday before things dry out on the weekend.
Looking at Adelaide first, a severe weather warning is in place for the metropolitan area and much of the state’s south east today for strong and damaging winds that could peak with gusts as fast as 100 km/h
Up to 10mm of moisture could fall on the city this afternoon with the chance of a storm. More rain tomorrow with a high of 14C and it’s a similar story for Friday before the showers take a break. Maximums on Saturday of 15C and minimums of 8C.
Those strong and squally winds are likely to hit Victoria late on Wednesday and overnight with gusts of up to 100 km/h in central parts of the state and even fiercer on higher ground.
Melbourne may be spared the worst of the windy conditions. Not the rain through with showers here and there for the next few days although only a fairly modest amount will get into the gauge.
There is the chance of as thunderstorm tomorrow morning in the city. A high of 15C on Thursday in the city will sink to just 12C on Friday before rising slightly on the weekend. Expect lows of 7–9C.
“A follow upfront on Friday will be weaker, but it looks to bring a much-needed increase in snow for Alpine areas,” said Mr Sharpe.
“Most resorts should see at least 10cm of snow on Friday, bringing the total for the coming week to something near 20cm.”
Not as windy or wet in Tasmania but Hobart may pick up a few spots of rain tomorrow. In fact, isolated showers may persist for the next week. Highs of 11–13C and dawn lows of just 4C on Friday and Saturday mornings.
Clear and almost mild for this time of year in Canberra. It should stay dry with a high of 14C tomorrow and then 11C on Friday and into the weekend. A balmy low of 6C on Thursday morning but it will feel more wintry on Sunday when the mercury will sink to -1C.
Toasty in Sydney on Thursday topping out at 23C. But the mercury will then inch back to more standard seasonal temperatures with maximums of around 18C on the weekend and lows of 8C. Southern NSW could see some of the blustery conditions also felt in Victoria.
The next seven days are looking very stable in Brisbane with sunny skies and some cloud. Highs of around 23C are forecast and lows of 10C, although Saturday morning could be a touch warmer.
North Queensland could see some downpours heading into the weekend and also during the early part of next week.
A warm 32C in Darwin with mostly clear skies. A slight dip in temperatures on the weekend but still shorts weather. Lows will be around 21C.
The end of the week should be dry in Perth and pleasant for winter. Highs of 18C tomorrow peaking at 23C on Saturday. A cold overnight low of 5C going into Thursday but less icy in the weekend at about 11C. As a new front comes through on Sunday, the city could see some heavy downpours.
A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out.
Adelaide, Weather warning, Severe weather, South Australia, Bureau of Meteorology
World news – AU – Showers and storms set to hit south east as double cold fronts hit