A cold front will sweep across eastern Australia this week, bringing gusts, hail and even snow in some regions.
Despite a warm start to spring, temperatures have dropped 10C with parts of NSW and Victoria experiencing 20cm of snow overnight and gale-force winter winds.
David Wilke of the Bureau of Meteorology said NSW and other areas of eastern Australia will see the return of winter temperatures for the remainder of this week.
But luckily for the weary east of NSW, the weather will improve dramatically over the course of the week – with highs reaching 27C on Friday and a sunny – but slightly colder – 21C on Saturday in Sydney.
Melburnians will not enjoy the same pleasant spring temperatures, with highs as low as 14°C on Saturday and 15°C on Sunday.
With a cold front sweeping across eastern Australia, snow has fallen in areas just 600m above sea level, with parts of NSW reaching -2C overnight
“We’re being pushed back to temperatures that are a little bit more like winter,” he said ABC.
“You might see some isolated property damage.”
Both Greater Sydney and the Hunter regions are bracing for widespread rain and thunderstorms for the week, with coastal towns hardest hit by forecasted winds of up to 31mph.
Snow falls in areas as little as 600 meters above water level, such as Cooma in southern NSW, while other snowfalls have been recorded mainly along the mountain ranges in the NSW Plateaus from areas such as Bathurst and Oberon to Armidale and Glen Innes.
In Armidale, temperatures reportedly dropped to -2C on Tuesday as snow fell in the area.
The cold front also threw 15-20 cm of snow on large snow resorts. Mt Hotham on the Great Dividing Range in Victoria saw eight inches of snow overnight.
Snowfall of 15-20 cm was seen in major snowfield resorts, including Perisher (pictured)
Areas in the Snowy Mountains in NSW will only reach highs of 8°C for the rest of the week with lows of -3°C forecast.
More snow will fall in the region later in the week.
“The Alps are likely to see several inches of snow over the course of the event,” said Mr Wilke.
Other parts of Victoria are also experiencing the wild weather, with hail falling in areas of Melbourne and residents of Marysville in the Yarra Valley waking up to a blanket in their backyard.
Canberra is also feeling the frost, with morning frost forecast for most of this week. Lows of -1C are forecast with highs not exceeding 20C.
In other parts of eastern Australia, Queensland will miss most of the wintry weather with sun forecast and temperatures soaring in the mid to late 20s.
The wild weather, including winds of up to 31mph, will continue along the east coast for the rest of the week (pictured, a woman in windy Sydney)
Mr Wilke noted that in areas where there is normally no snow, it is likely they will see dust before it slows down.
These colder conditions are also likely to cause ice on roads.
“Just stay tuned for forecasts and warnings so you don’t go into a potentially dangerous area,” he warned.
On the coast, Surf Life Saving NSW said waves between 1.5 and 1.7m are forecast for the week and warned the coasts to be careful in the water
“School holidays have started statewide and we expect an increase in the number of people visiting our coast,” director Joel Wiseman told the newspaper. ABC.
Parts of Melbourne also saw strong winds and rain, with hailstorms recorded in areas on Victoria’s coast (pictured, hail in Victoria)
“Given the conditions we expect, I would urge people to understand their limitations and avoid unnecessary risks in the water.”
For areas on the other side of Australia, Perth faces a mostly sunny week with peaks in the mid-20s and a low of 8 on Friday.
Darwin has dodged these wintry conditions, forecasting humid, sunny weather and possible showers later in the week. Temperatures are set to range between the low 20s to mid 30s during the week.
Adelaide and Hobart are both feeling the effects of this cold front, it looks like it will be cloudy and will only reach maximum temperatures in the mid to high teens with possible showers and wind forecast.
These conditions are expected to continue in eastern Australia for the rest of the week.
THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY THIS WEEK
Wednesday Sunny. Min 11 Max 23
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 10 Max 24
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 23
Saturday Sunny. Min 11 Max 25
Sunday shower or two. Min 14 Max 20
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 17
Thursday Sunny. Min 8 Max 21
Friday Possible showers. Min 9 Max 17
Saturday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 16
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 5 Max 19
Wednesday Early drizzle. Min 10 Max 17
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 21
Friday showers. Min 11 Max 18
Saturday Shower or two. Min 6 Max 14
Sunday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 15
Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 9 Max 20
Thursday Shower or two. Min 11 Max 16
Friday showers. Getting windy. Min 7 Max 13
Saturday Shower or two. Min 4 Max 10
Sunday Cloudy. Min 4 Max 14
Wednesday morning frost. Partly cloudy. Min -1 Max 17
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 20
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 20
Saturday Early frost. Partly cloudy. Min 3 Max 16
Sunday Mostly sunny. Min 2 Max 15
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 20
Thursday Sunny. Min 13 Max 26
Friday sunny. Min 15 Max 27
Saturday Shower or two. Min 15 Max 19
Sunday Possible shower. Min 12 Max 18
Wednesday Sunny. Min 10 Max 24
Thursday Sunny. Min 10 Max 25
Friday sunny. Min 12 Max 28
Saturday Sunny. Min 14 Max 31
Sunday Possible shower. Min 16 Max 23
Wednesday Sunny. Min 24 Max 36
Thursday Sunny. Min 21 Max 34
Friday Closer and sunnier. Min 22 Max 33
Saturday Possible shower. Min 23 Max 33
Sunday Possible shower. Min 23 Max 34