Four seasons in one day: Polar vortex travels across South Australia and brings SNOW and temperatures below zero while the west coast rises to 38 ° C
- Temperatures drop over the weekend in the southeastern states of Australia
- Snow can fall in Tasmania and the temperature drops to 1 ° C in Canberra
- An arctic cold front will sweep across the area and push hot, dry air to the north
- Uncontrolled forest fires can be expected in northern NSW and Queensland
Australia faces a weekend of wild weather as snow and freezing temperatures flood the southeastern part of the country, while the west coast rises to 38 ° C.
Temperatures drop to -3 ° C in parts of Tasmania, where snow is expected to fall, and reach as high as 38 ° C in Perth and parts of North New South Wales.
Although snow in some parts of Australia is not unheard of in the spring, dusting off this weekend will hit areas at a lower altitude than normal.
This is caused by a cold front coming from Tasmania and pushing hot air north while the southern states shiver.
The fire hazard level in NSW and Queensland is expected to rise this weekend, with a lack of humidity and strong winds, which increases the risk of forest fires.
A cold front from the south brings freezing temperatures to Tasmania (dark blue) and pushes a hot, dry wind up north (seen in Queensland, where the yellow meets brown). Perth (seen in orange) will reach 37 degrees on Saturday
Parts of Tasmania see snow and hit -3C in Mt Wellington. The snow itself is not uncommon in the spring, but falls in areas with a lower height than normal (stock photo by Hobart)
Mildura, in northwestern Victoria, has already experienced a haze of dry dust storms, which are expected to last for the next 36 hours, Air weather presenter Tom Saunders said.
& # 39; Winter weather in late spring often leads to extreme weather conditions & # 39 ;, he said news.com.au.
& # 39; The western winds associated with the cold front will drag hot dry air from the interior to the northern NSW coast and southern Queensland.
& # 39; Because the wind comes from the west, it will have low humidity and that will cause a real fire hazard. & # 39; Chances are that large forest fires will get out of hand, & # 39; he said.
The temperature drops, some as low as -3C, in Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart on Saturday.
In Melbourne the temperature on Friday will not exceed 14 ° C and residents will wake up for a frosty morning of 8 ° C on Saturday.
These temperatures are up to 10 degrees below average for this time of year, with rain, strong wind, hail and snow expected.
The cold front in the south pushes hot, dry air to the north, causing Brisbane to heat at 37 ° C on Friday
Friday brings hail and thunder to Melbourne (stock photo of the city), and residents wake up to an icy 8C on Saturday
In northern NSW, mercury will rise to a sweltering 38 degrees on Friday, while Brisbane is expected to hit a maximum of 37.
Perth will achieve the same on Saturday, before moving to a more comfortable 23 degrees on Sunday.
In Sydney, the temperature is expected to reach 30 ° C on Thursday before the cold front strikes, bringing it to 21 ° C on Saturday, with a minimum of 12 ° C.
Sunday is normal again, with an expected maximum of 25 ° C.
AUSTRALIA WEEKEND WEATHER EXPECTATION
Friday: Getting windy. Mostly sunny. Min 18 – Max 28
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 12 – Max 20
Sunday: Sunny Min 13 – Max 25
Friday: Showers. Local hail and thunder. Min 11 – Max 14
Saturday: Showers. Min 8 – Max 14
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 11 – Max 18
Friday: Hot, sunny, windy. Min 18 – Max 37
Saturday: Sunny Min 22 – Max 31
Sunday: Sunny Min 16 – Max 31
Friday: Showers increase. Min 6 – Max 14
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 4 – Max 15
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 8 – Max 16
Friday: Sunny Min 15 – Max 35
Saturday: Very hot. Partly cloudy. Minus 23 – Max 38
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 16 – Max 24
Friday: Shower or two. Get windy. Min 10 – Max 18
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 2 – Max 17
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 19
Friday: Morning shower or two. Min 11 – Max 18
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 9 – Max 19
Sunday: Delete cloud. Min 11 – Max 21
Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 – Max 35
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 26 – Max 34
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 26 – Max 35
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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