Australia weather: Sydney, Melbourne to endure another brutal winter week with icy winds of 130km/h


Australia’s southeast is set to endure another merciless winter week as gale force winds of up to 130km/h cause temperatures to plummet. 

A pool of cool air swirling over Tasmania, NSW and Victoria will bring below average temperatures, showers, damaging winds, and fresh dumps of snow. 

The Bureau of Meteorology said conditions would turn icy this week as the cold front moves across the southeast and up to southern parts of Queensland. 

A severe weather warning for damaging winds has been extended to include parts of Sydney, the Hunter, the coastline and the Northern Tablelands.

The winds are averaging 80 to 90km/h with peak gusts of 130km/h and are bringing fresh snow across Australia’s high country from ACT to Victoria. 

Sydney bore the brunt of the gale force winds on Monday with Weatherzone forecaster Chris Matthews predicting a cold and windy week for the harbour city. 

Sydney bore the brunt of the gale force winds on Monday with forecasters predicting a cold and windy week for the harbour city (pictured, residents in Sydney brave the cold)

Residents at Hazelgrove near Oberon in NSW awoke to snow on Wednesday (pictured)

Residents at Hazelgrove near Oberon in NSW awoke to snow on Wednesday (pictured)

Mr Matthews said gusts of 95km/hour were recorded at Fort Dennison, in the middle of Sydney Harbour, at about 5.30am, which have since died down to 50km/hour. 

Katoomba, near the Blue Mountains, recorded gusts of 96km/hour at 4.30am. 

Sydney will continue to be hit with strong gusts of at least 80km/hour throughout Monday, which will die down ‘somewhat’ during the evening, Mr Matthews said. 

Tuesday is also set to be a windy day with temperatures struggling to reach 16C and Wednesday likely going to be the coldest day of the week at just 15C. 

Mr Matthews explained a westerly change could be blamed for the icy winds, with cold air from the southern ocean causing the undesirable drop in temperatures. 

‘This week will feel much colder because of the wind chill factor,’ he said.

BOM forecaster Jonathon How said most of eastern Australia would shiver through a chilly week, with the cold conditions to last up until the weekend.  

A winter blast on Australia's east coast is set to bring powerful winds, showers, freezing temperatures and snow across the alpine regions (pictured, a pedestrian in Melbourne)

A winter blast on Australia’s east coast is set to bring powerful winds, showers, freezing temperatures and snow across the alpine regions (pictured, a pedestrian in Melbourne) 

He said the bureau had issued a severe weather warning for gusts of 90km/hour which would impact the CBD, the eastern beaches and the coast.

Sydneysiders awoke to freezing temperatures of just 4C on Monday, while at Sydney Airport temperatures plummeted to just 1C. 

Mr How said it was a similar story in Melbourne this week as maximum temperatures plummeted to three degrees below average. 

Icy winds will keep temperatures low in Victoria, with significant gusts recorded on Sunday, including 111km/h at Mount Buller and 107km/h at Falls Creek. 

Mr How said showers were expected to fall across the CBD this week with icy winds forecast for the state’s northeast and the alpine resorts. 

He said ski resorts had received up to one metre of snow in the last week in a welcome start to the season, with a fresh dumping of 55cm received overnight. 

Tuesday is expected to be the coolest day in Hobart, Canberra and Melbourne this week with temperatures battling to reach over 11C (pictured, residents brave the cold in Sydney)

 Tuesday is expected to be the coolest day in Hobart, Canberra and Melbourne this week with temperatures battling to reach over 11C (pictured, residents brave the cold in Sydney)

Tuesday is expected to be the coolest day in Hobart, Canberra and Melbourne this week with temperatures battling to reach over 11C. 

Meanwhile, wet and wild conditions are expected to continue in Adelaide after heavy downpours smashed the city over the weekend. 

The town of Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills was hit with 80mm of rain while metropolitan areas received a drenching of 50mm. 

Mr How said the deluge had caused some flash flooding and damage to properties, with the city surpassing its expected rainfall for the month of June in just six days. 

Adelaide will have some cooler mornings this week with temperatures due to drop to below 10C and struggle to reach over 14C during the day. 

The Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were set to redevelop on Sunday as the cold front (pictured) moves across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

The Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were set to redevelop on Sunday as the cold front (pictured) moves across NSW, Victoria and Tasmania

Tasmania is also forecast to be hit with gusty showers and potential thunderstorms as a cold front travels across the Bass Strait. 

Bushwalkers were warned snow would fall as low as 700m in the central plateau and western districts on Monday afternoon and evening.

The bureau predicted snow in areas down to 400m from about 4pm on Tuesday. 

Gusts in parts of western Tasmania are due to ramp up on Sunday evening and average 60km/h to 70km/h with the potential to hit 100km/h.

‘Ski resorts are set to get another healthy dose of snow over the next few days as a cold front crosses the southeast, bringing a very cold airmass and plenty of moisture,’ Weatherzone predicted. 

‘Snowfall is expected to be heaviest on Sunday and Monday, with lighter falls expected over the following few days.’

Weatherzone forecaster Angus Konta said a low pressure system was expected to bring some ‘pretty significant’ winds as it travelled across southern Tasmania. 

The bureau forecasts that the Australian Alps will receive up to 50 to 100cm of snow in coming days (pictured, snow in Oberon, 180km west of Sydney, on Wednesday)

The bureau forecasts that the Australian Alps will receive up to 50 to 100cm of snow in coming days (pictured, snow in Oberon, 180km west of Sydney, on Wednesday)

The island state could experience some persistent showers in the south and west, as the winds become more southerly. 

Canberrans should brace for a ‘pretty chilly’ week even after the cold front hits. 

The cool conditions also hit southern Queensland with a vengeance as the same cold air mass took hold across the Granite Belt and Toowoomba. 

Brisbane Airport recorded frosty temperatures of 6.4C – 4.4C below average – on Sunday morning as below average temperatures were experienced across the south.

Across the southeast, temperatures were expected to remain between 4 to 6 degrees with temperatures struggling to rise above 18C during the day. 

Brisbane will experience below average temperatures of 17C on Tuesday and Wednesday as the cold snap moves upwards from northern NSW.  

Sydneysiders awoke to freezing temperatures of just 4C on Monday, while at Sydney Airport temperatures plummeted to just 1C (pictured, Sydney residents brave the cold)

 Sydneysiders awoke to freezing temperatures of just 4C on Monday, while at Sydney Airport temperatures plummeted to just 1C (pictured, Sydney residents brave the cold)

Residents at Hazelgrove near Oberon in NSW awoke to snow on Wednesday (pictured)

Residents at Hazelgrove near Oberon in NSW awoke to snow on Wednesday (pictured)

Western Australia saw some light showers along the south coast however temperatures are expected to remain ‘reasonably’ mild.

Temperatures in Perth fell to just 3C on Sunday morning – 5C below average – however Monday and Tuesday are expected to be slightly warmer. 

The west coast will remain a little cooler than average at about 18C, with a general warming expected to take temperatures to 21C later in the week. 

Meanwhile, Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory has enjoyed hot and humid temperatures following the warmest May since 2016. 

The bureau said isolated showers and storms could be expected on Sunday following a rare thunderstorm near Howard Springs and Pinelands.  

FOUR DAY WEATHER FORECAST IN YOUR CITY  

SYDNEY

 Monday: Windy. Mostly sunny. Min 11 Max 17

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 8 Max 16

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 15

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 6 Max 17

BRISBANE:

Monday: Rain at times, easing. Min 15 Max 20

Tuesday: Sunny. Min 10 Max 19

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 9 Max 19

Thursday: Sunny. Min 7 Max 18

ADELAIDE: 

Monday: Showers. Min 8 Max 14

Tuesday: Showers easing. Min 9 Max 14

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 7 Max 14

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 15

PERTH:

Monday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 19

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 20

Wednesday: Shower or two developing. Min 9 Max 20

Thursday: Showers. Min 11 Max 21

MELBOURNE:  

Monday: Shower or two. Min 8 Max 13

Tuesday: Showers developing. Min 7 Max 11

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 7 Max 12

Thursday: Showers. Min 7 Max 12

CANBERRA: 

Monday: Showers easing. Min 3 Max 9

Tuesday: Shower or two. Min 2 Max 9

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min -2 Max 10

Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min -1 Max 11

DARWIN: 

Monday: Mostly sunny. Min 24 Max 32

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Min 24 Max 34

Wednesday: Sunny. Min 24 Max 34

Thursday: Thursday. Min 22 Max 32

HOBART:

Monday: Showers. Min 5 Max 11

Tuesday: Showers. Min 3 Max9

Wednesday: Shower or two. Min 3 Max 11

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 5 Max 11

 

 

 

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