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Aussies to SHIVER through long weekend as icy winds force temperatures to plummet

Freezing temperatures and wet weather are forecast for the long weekend, with states in the southeast bearing the brunt of the cold while the west will be flooded with rain.

An icy Arctic explosion will sweep across the country, sending temperatures plummeting in every major city — some reaching record-breaking lows.

Those in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart will want to light a blanket or have a fire as the south east experiences the worst of the cold, while Tasmania gets snow in some regions.

Canberra is expected to remain below 10C for the next five days and dip below freezing on Monday and Tuesday.

Freezing weather is forecast for the long weekend, with southeastern Australia expected to bear the brunt of icy winds while the west faces rain

Freezing weather is forecast for the long weekend, with southeastern Australia expected to bear the brunt of icy winds while the west faces rain

Aussies staying for a long weekend in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Hobart may want to snuggle up or stay by a fire as the south east experiences temperatures below 10C

Aussies staying for a long weekend in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Hobart may want to snuggle up or stay by a fire as the south east experiences temperatures below 10C

A polar explosion will sweep across the country, sending temperatures in most major cities to record-breaking lows

A polar explosion will sweep across the country, sending temperatures in most major cities to record-breaking lows

Brisbane, which experienced its coldest winter start in more than 100 years on Thursday, will also support the harsh climate with a minimum of 6C and 7C for the next two days.

The six degrees for Brisbane and seven degrees for Sydney on Friday is the lowest drop for those two cities in 33 years.

Perth has slightly warmer weather for the long weekend, but showers are expected to seep through the city.

The Top End will be noticeably cooler for the next five days after record-breaking high temperatures in June.

The cold weather is having a major impact on the southeast due to a high peak in the Great Australian Bight that continues to carry icy winds north through the country.

Each of those cities will have low temperatures for most of the long weekend.

Bob Hawke was in power when Sydney last had such a cold in 1989, and Brisbane is gearing up for its worst cold snap since 1904.

Melbourne hasn’t been this cold since 1982, when the South Melbourne Swans AFL team moved to Sydney.

In the snowfields, the history books are being rewritten with the best start to the season in years and more snow on the way thanks to a frigid Antarctic ice storm.

Mount Hotham and Falls Creek had record snowfalls of nearly three feet each, Mount Buller’s 73cm is the highest in more than two decades, and NSW resorts are tipped to have their biggest snowfall since 1968.

A high pressure area south of Adelaide has been held in place, blowing frozen winds from the South Pole right into Australia.

Temperatures for Brisbane and Sydney on Friday will be the lowest drop for those two cities in 33 years

Temperatures for Brisbane and Sydney on Friday will be the lowest drop for those two cities in 33 years

Melbourne hasn't seen such cold weather since 1982 when the South Melbourne Swans AFL team moved to Sydney

Melbourne hasn’t seen such cold weather since 1982 when the South Melbourne Swans AFL team moved to Sydney

Windchill will make record lows look even colder, like the 7C at Brisbane Airport at 5:40am on Wednesday, which feels like just 2.1C.

Toowoomba was a relatively balmy 8.8C on paper, but with wind it felt more like 1.2C, according to the weather bureau.

On Sunday it will finally be at least 9C and that will remain so until next Wednesday the warming.

Hobart drops to 4C on Saturday, with snow even forecast for the beaches on the south side of the Apple Isle.

Those conditions will be accompanied by a cold, dry stream of air flowing in, which will keep temperatures chilly until next weekend.

Melbourne is expected to hit 5C next Tuesday, while Canberra braces for an icy -5C.

The low-pressure system bringing the frigid winds will move slowly, so the icy conditions will last into next weekend.

Bob Hawke was in power when Sydney last caught such a cold in 1989, and Brisbane braces for worst cold spell in 118 years

Bob Hawke was in power when Sydney last caught such a cold in 1989, and Brisbane braces for worst cold spell in 118 years

Mount Hotham and Falls Creek have both seen record snowfalls of nearly three feet each, while Mount Buller's 73cm is the highest in more than two decades.

Mount Hotham and Falls Creek have both seen record snowfalls of nearly three feet each, while Mount Buller’s 73cm is the highest in more than two decades.

Weatherzone forecaster Chris Matthews said Sydneysiders face a cold week with the highest temperature forecast at 17C.

“This week will feel much colder because of the wind chill,” he told the Daily Mail Australia.

In addition to the frigid air, parts of NSW, Victoria, the ACT and SA will also see rain in the coming days.

Adelaide has a high chance of showers in the coming days, but is expected to dry up on Sunday. Thunderstorms are likely in parts of the Southwest Slopes and Riverina in NSW.

Storms are also forecast for Melbourne, while Sydney will have a dry week.

FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY:

SYDNEY

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 17

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 16

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 17

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 6 Max 15

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 5 Max 16

BRISBANE:

Friday: sunny. Min 6 Max 18

Saturday: sunny. Min 7 Max 19

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 8 Max 19

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 19

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 21

ADELAIDE:

Friday: Showers. Min 9 Max 16

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 15

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 15

Monday: Cloudy. Min 8 Max 15

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 16

PERTH:

Friday: Showers. Min 13 Max 22

Saturday: showers. Min 13 Max 22

Sunday: Showers. Min 12 Max 20

Monday: Showers. Min 11 Max 20

Tuesday: showers. Min 11 Max 20

MELBOURNE:

Friday: Showers. Min 9 Max 14

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 13

Sunday: Showers. Min 9 Max 11

Monday: Cloudy. Min 7 Max 12

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 5 Max 12

CANBERRA:

Friday: Frost then sunny. Min 2 Max 12

Saturday: Frost then sunny. Min 1 Max 10

Sunday: Possible shower. Min 3 Max 10

Monday: Frost then sunny. Min -3 Max 10

Tuesday: Frost then sunny. Min -5 Max 9

DARWIN:

Friday: sunny. Min 20 Max 32

Saturday: sunny. Min 19 Max 31

Sunday: sunny. Min 19 Max 32

Monday: sunny. Min 20 Max 32

Tuesday: sunny. Min 20 Max 32

HOBART:

Friday: Showers. Min 6 Max 9

Saturday: showers, windy. Min 4 Max 11

Sunday: showers, wind easing. Min 2 Max 9

Monday: Cloudy. Min 4 Max 10

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 3 Max 11

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