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Weather Australia: NT, QLD battered by rain band as NSW and Victoria freeze in polar surge

It’s going to be a frigid week for Aussies as a polar wave spreads across Victoria, ACT and New South Wales, bringing temperatures down to -6C in some areas.

Residents of parts of central Victoria, the ACT and NSW will be subjected to minimum ‘wind-chill’ temperatures of -3C on Wednesday morning, while the border towns of NSW and Victoria drop to a chilly -6C.

The polar cold left almost all of NSW covered with frost on Tuesday morning, as the icy ground spread into northern Victoria.

And the cold weather will last for days with similar freezing temperatures for the rest of the early mornings of the week.

Meanwhile, residents of the Northern Territory and Queensland have been warned to prepare for heavy showers, with some areas expected to drop three months of rain in just two days.

Residents in central Victoria, ACT and NSW will brave the cold this week with polar waves dropping 'feeling' temperatures to -3C

Residents in central Victoria, ACT and NSW will brave the cold this week with polar waves dropping ‘feeling’ temperatures to -3C

Tropical moisture will bring showers into the Northern Territory on Tuesday, marking the start of a possible week of heavy rain in northern and eastern Australia.

Showers are expected to develop over central NT from Tuesday noon (local time) before decreasing overnight into early Wednesday morning, Sky News reported.

It will begin to rain again around noon on Thursday, with the storm concentrating around Darwin and the surrounding area before moving southeast overnight.

Northeast Queensland will also see rain this week, with a storm crossing over Wednesday morning.

A large cloud band is forecast to form over the Northern Territory and Queensland this week, bringing three months of rain in some areas (pictured, the seven-day rain forecast)

A large cloud band is forecast to form over the Northern Territory and Queensland this week, bringing three months of rain in some areas (pictured, the seven-day rain forecast)

The coast of NSW is expected to receive heavy rain from Thursday afternoon, with the center of the storm concentrating on Sydney and Newcastle

The NSW coast is expected to receive heavy rain from Thursday afternoon, with the storm centering on Sydney and Newcastle

As the NT storm moves south, it is predicted to combine with the Northeast Queensland storm to form a large cloud band that will see unusually wet weather in the two states.

The weather is completely different from the usual forecast in the Northern Territory and Queensland, with the two believed to be in the midst of a six-month dry season running from May to October.

During this time, parts of the region see average rainfall totaling less than 1mm.

The rain band will begin to form on the NT's Top End on Thursday before moving south-east to Queensland on Friday, merging with an existing storm in north-east Queensland (pictured, the radar forecast for Friday at 1 p.m.)

The rain band will begin to form on the NT’s Top End on Thursday before moving south-east to Queensland on Friday, merging with an existing storm in north-east Queensland (pictured, the radar forecast for Friday at 1 p.m.)

This week’s storms are expected to yield more than the three-month average for the region’s dry season.

New South Wales residents can expect sunny weather on Wednesday as it begins to rain on the south coast of South Australia and moves east to Victoria’s west overnight.

That rain will begin to clear, moving into Thursday afternoon as showers form on Victoria’s south and east coasts.

Large parts of NSW and Victoria are expected to see frost on Wednesday morning, including Mount Buller (above) which is in its peak season.

Large parts of NSW and Victoria are expected to see frost on Wednesday morning, including Mount Buller (above) which is in its peak season.

Heavy rain will focus over Sydney and Newcastle from Friday evening (photo, the radar forecast for Friday 6pm)

Heavy rain will concentrate over Sydney and Newcastle from Friday evening (photo, the radar forecast for Friday 6pm)

At around 9:00 p.m. Thursday, those showers are expected to creep into eastern NSW and cross Canberra by Thursday afternoon.

By Friday evening, rain is expected to have abated in the ACT, with the storm mainly concentrating in Sydney and Newcastle.

The storm is also expected to bring rain in the central west and northwestern part of the state from late Thursday night through Friday night.

The north coast of NSW will also receive rain from Friday afternoon.

Large parts of NSW and Victoria have been warned to prepare for frost on Wednesday morning with temperatures ranging from 3C to -6C.

The alert covers central and northern Victoria (including some regions on the north coast), the south coast and central west of NSW (excluding Dubbo) as far as Tamworth and Armidale, and the ACT.

Large parts of NSW and Victoria will start freezing early Wednesday morning with temperatures between 3C and -6C (photo, Victoria)

Large parts of NSW and Victoria will start freezing early Wednesday morning with temperatures between 3C and -6C (photo, Victoria)

Clouds will begin to form off the south coast of Western Australia on Tuesday, with showers in Esperance and Albany lasting through Wednesday.

Showers are expected to continue through Thursday morning before easing overnight.

Rain is forecast to fall in western Tasmania on Tuesday afternoon, moving east across the state throughout Wednesday and continuing through Thursday before waning on Friday.

MAJOR CITIES FOUR DAY FORECAST

PERTH

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Maximum 18

Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 18

Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 19

Friday sunny. Min 7 Max 19

ADELAIDE

Tuesday sunny. Maximum 16

Showers develop on Wednesday. Min 8 Max 15

Thursday Possible shower. Min 9 Max 16

Friday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 14

MELBOURNE

Tuesday Mostly sunny. Maximum 14

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 13

Thursday Shower or two .Min 7 Max 13

Friday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 13

HOBART

Tuesday Cloudy. Maximum 15

Wednesday Late shower or two. Min 8 Max 15

Thursday Cloudy. Min 6 Max 11

Friday Cloudy. Min 5 Max 13

CANBERRAE

Tuesday morning frost. Mainly sunny. Maximum 12

Wednesday morning frost. Half-cloudy. Min -3 Max 10

Thursday Cloudy. Min 1 Max 13

Friday Cloudy. Min 1 Max 12

SYDNEY

Tuesday Possible shower. Maximum 17

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 19

Thursday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 18

Friday showers. Min 11 Max 17

BRISBANE

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Maximum 21

Wednesday Cloudy. Min 13 Max 21

Thursday Possible rain. Min 13 Max 22

Friday Occasional rain. Min 14 Max 18

DARWIN

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Maximum 29

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 26

Thursday Occasional rain. Min 19 Max 26

Friday Cloudy. Min 19 Max 26

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