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An icy explosion brings torrential rain, hail and even SNOW as a very cold front moves through Australia

An icy explosion brings torrential rain, hail, damaging wind and snow across Australia, while farmers in New South Wales and Queensland warned their sheep could die on an icy front.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects maximum temperatures on Friday to drop in the single digits and mid-teens in NSW, with gusts of wind in the west exacerbating the chill.

On Thursday, thunderstorms are forecast in Sydney, with peaks of 23 ° C, before temperatures drop to just 16 ° C on Friday with lows of 10 ° C.

Senior predictor Gabrielle Woodhouse said a rain tire extending from northwest to southeast NSW would move further east on Thursday.

“We see more showers and more thunder activities behind it as the cold front continues,” said Ms. Woodhouse.

Sheep graders in NSW districts, including the Hunter, the Northern, Southern and Central Plateaus, and the Snowy Mountains, as well as southern Queensland, have been warned that their sheep are at risk of dying in the icy cold

Sheep graders in NSW districts, including the Hunter, the Northern, Southern and Central Plateaus, and the Snowy Mountains, as well as Southern Queensland, have been warned that their sheep are at risk of dying in the icy cold

Thunderstorms are forecast in Sydney on Thursday, peaking at 23 ° C, before temperatures drop to just 16 ° C on Friday with lows of 10 ° C

Thunderstorms are forecast in Sydney on Thursday, peaking at 23 ° C, before temperatures drop to just 16 ° C on Friday with lows of 10 ° C

Thunderstorms are forecast in Sydney on Thursday, peaking at 23 ° C, before temperatures drop to just 16 ° C on Friday with lows of 10 ° C

A severe weather warning has been issued for heavy rain and damaging winds around the mountain peaks, southwest slopes and parts of the ACT.

Another damaging wind warning has also been issued for the Riverina area and parts of western NSW, and there are flood warnings for some river basins along the western slopes.

Sheep graziers in districts such as the Hunter, the Northern, Southern and Central Plateaus, and the Snowy Mountains have been warned that their livestock are at risk of dying in the icy cold.

Ms. Woodhouse said temperatures would drop significantly on Thursday and Friday after the cold front.

“Friday is going to be one of the coldest days for most people, with fairly gusty westerly winds making it feel considerably colder,” she said.

“With maximum temperatures across the state, usually single digits or in a few places in the teens, it will be incredibly cold on Friday.”

Thredbo, in the snowy mountains, is covered in snow at night, reaching a height of 40 cm by Friday.

More snow is likely to be above 1,000 meters this afternoon and evening, with heavy snow falling possible for Friday.

Pictured: Thredbo covered in snow on Thursday morning

Pictured: Thredbo covered in snow on Thursday morning

More snow is likely to be above 1,000 meters in Thredbo this afternoon and evening (photo)

More snow is likely to be above 1,000 meters in Thredbo this afternoon and evening (photo)

Thredbo, in the snowy mountains, is covered in snow at night, reaching a height of 40 cm by Friday

Hail is possible in thunderstorms, while northwest winds are set up to 60 kilometers per hour on Thursday, with a peak temperature of just 1C.

Temperatures in Canberra are expected to drop to just 7 ° C on Friday, which would be the coldest day for winter since the 1950s.

In southern Queensland, there are fears that lambs and sheep may die if a brutal cold wave hits and the mercury dips below zero.

The weather agency has warned graziers on the Darling Downs and Granite Belt that they could lose animals if a huge mass of cold air enters.

Temperatures are expected to drop from Thursday afternoon, when there is also a chance of a severe thunderstorm in Brisbane.

It is the nightly minimum temperatures that the agency is concerned about inventory losses.

In Stanthorpe, in the Southern Downs, the minimum temperature on Friday will reach 3 ° C before the sun drops below 2 ° C on Sunday and Monday.

It is a similar story in other southern rural communities west of Brisbane.

In a warning to sheep grazers, the agency said the cold would be accompanied by rain, showers and southwest wind from Thursday.

“There is a risk of losing lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions,” it said.

But wool traders have told the ABC that only newly sheared sheep are at risk and those who still have their fur should be fine.

Brisbane is also set for chilly conditions, with a minimum on Friday to drop to 14 ° C and only 9 ° C on Saturday and Sunday.

Victorians have been warned to prepare for wild weather, as five days of low temperatures and heavy rain hold the state in its grip.

Melburnians woke up to dry weather on Thursday morning after 23mm of rain fell in the city at night.

Areas around Springvale, southwest of the CBD, received 40mm of rain, while Mount Buller recorded 110mm in just 24 hours.

Areas around Springvale, southwest of Melbourne's CBD, received 40mm of rain, while Mount Buller recorded 110mm in just 24 hours

Areas around Springvale, southwest of Melbourne's CBD, received 40mm of rain, while Mount Buller recorded 110mm in just 24 hours

Areas around Springvale, southwest of Melbourne’s CBD, received 40mm of rain, while Mount Buller recorded 110mm in just 24 hours

Victorians have been warned to prepare for wild weather as five days of low temperatures and heavy rain hold the state in its grip

Victorians have been warned to prepare for wild weather as five days of low temperatures and heavy rain hold the state in its grip

Victorians have been warned to prepare for wild weather as five days of low temperatures and heavy rain hold the state in its grip

In Kew, downtown, a 12-meter sinkhole formed and a number of trees died due to extreme weather.

The state has already seen more rain in the first four months of this year than in all of 2019.

The state’s emergency service received 250 emergency services, mainly for buildings damaged by the wild weather.

An icy explosion is coming this afternoon, with a top of 15C for Thursday morning and showers later in the day.

Friday has a maximum of 12C, but the wind chill makes it feel like 8C.

The temperature on Saturday will rise slightly to 13C and on Sunday 14C.

Tasmania will also be hit by showers in the state on Thursday with temperatures expected to drop slowly over the next few days.

Hobart sees a low of 7C today, as an icy cold and rain forecast for the weekend.

St Helens, Swansea and Launceston will be even colder in the coming days with temperatures dropping to just 4C.

FIVE DAYS WEATHER FORECAST

SYDNEY

THURSDAY: Min 19, Max 25. Rain.

FRIDAY: Min 11, Max 16. Cloudy

SATURDAY: Min 11, Max 20. Sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 11, Max 20. Sunny.

MONDAY: Min 12, Max 20 Mostly sunny.

BRISBANE:

THURSDAY: Min 18, Max 29. Possible shower.

FRIDAY: Min 14, Max 24. Mostly sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 9, Max 23. Sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 9, Max 24. Sunny

MONDAY: Min 11, Max 25. Mostly sunny

ADELAIDE:

THURSDAY: Min 9, Max 15. Showers.

FRIDAY: Min 9, Max 16. Showers

SATURDAY: Min 11, Max 18. Showers.

SUNDAY: Min 11, Max 19. Cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 9, Max 18 Partly Cloudy

PERTH:

THURSDAY: Min 9, Max 22. Mostly sunny.

FRIDAY: Min 10, Max 22. Sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 12, Max 27. Mostly sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 16, Max 27. Cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 16, Max 23. Showers

MELBOURNE:

THURSDAY: Min 8, Max 13. Showers.

FRIDAY: Min 7, Max 13. Showers.

SATURDAY: Min 9, Max 15. Relax showers.

SUNDAY: Min 10, Max 14. Possible showers

MONDAY: Min 9, Max 15. Two or two showers

CANBERRA:

THURSDAY: Min 9, Max 13. Rain.

FRIDAY: Min 3, Max 7. Showers.

SATURDAY: Min 4, Max 12. Shower or two.

SUNDAY: Min 1, Max 4. Cloudy.

DARWIN:

THURSDAY: Min 25, Max 35. Sunny.

FRIDAY: Min 25, Max 35. Sunny.

SATURDAY: Min 23, Max 34. Sunny.

SUNDAY: Min 23, Max 35. Sunny.

MONDAY: Min 24, Max 35. Sunny

HOBART:

THURSDAY: Min 10, Max 16. Rain.

FRIDAY: Min 7, Max 12. Shower or two.

SATURDAY: Min 7. Max 12. Shower or two.

SUNDAY: Min 7, Max 13. Possible showers.

MONDAY: Min 7, Max 16. Cloudy

Source: Bureau of Meteorology

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