Australia has shivered through subzero temperatures as low as -6.5C overnight amid warnings the freezing conditions will continue.
An icy polar blast is sweeping through Australia, forcing the mercury to plummet and leading to some of the coldest starts to winter in decades in parts of the country.
Queensland trembled through a frosty morning with the apparent temperature dropping to -6.5C at Warwick, -6.2C in Toowoomba and -5.3C in Roma.
Brisbane will see lows of 6C for the rest of the week – the lowest temperatures the Queensland capital has seen in early June since 1904 – while parts of NSW continue to be blanketed in snow, making it the ‘best snow season’ in 20 years.
Sydneysiders recorded footage of themselves waking up in the morning and finding their cars covered in thin layers of ice. One resident discovered their windshield wiper stuck to the back of their vehicle.
Bureau of Meteorology senior meteorologist Jonathan How said residents should expect the freezing temperatures to continue for some time.
Australia has shivered through subzero temperatures as low as -6.5C overnight amid warnings the freezing conditions will continue (pictured, woman crosses pedestrian walk at Katoomba, NSW)
Brisbane is on track to record its coldest week of June since 1904 while snow has continued to fall in NSW with the state recording its best ‘snow season in 20 years’ (pictured, snow in Hobart in 2021)
An icy polar blast is sweeping through Australia forcing the mercury to plummet and leading to some of the coldest starts to winter in decades in parts of the country (pictured, depiction of temperate forecast across Australia)
‘The outlook for the rest of winter is looking to be cooler and wetter than average across the eastern and southern part of the country,’ he told Sunrise.
‘A little bit of a taste of what is to come. We still have two-and-a-half months of this cold, wintry weather.’
NSW has recorded its best snow season in two decades, with 125cm of fresh snow continuing to fall, and Thredbo Resort recording 125cm over the past week.
‘In my many years living and working in Thredbo, I have never seen the Village so covered in snow ahead of the June long weekend,’ Thredbo Resort general manager Stuart Diver told Daily Telegraph.
Mr How described the long spell of freezing temperatures as ‘quite significant’.
‘We have not seen many individual records broken, but the length of time has been quite significant, especially for people in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,’ he said.
‘It has been very, very cold and very tempting to stay in bed a little bit longer.’
Meteorologist Helen Reid said it was ‘unusual’ for temperatures to drop so low this early during winter.
‘It’s usually the last week of June that we get temperatures as cold as this, so it’s unusual to have it this cold at the start of June,’ she said.
Canberra is expected to remain under 10C for the next five days and drop below freezing point on Monday and Tuesday.
Sydneysiders recorded footage of themselves waking up in the morning and finding their cars covered in thin layers of ice with one resident discovering their windshield wiper stuck to the back of their vehicle
Melbourne hasn’t seen cold weather like this since 1982 when the South Melbourne Swans AFL team moved to Sydney (stock image)
The 6C forecast for Brisbane and 7C 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 drench the city.
The Top End will be noticeably cooler for the next five days after record-breaking hot temperatures in June.
The chilly weather is affecting the south-east heavily due a high in the Great Australian Bight that continues to funnel icy wind north through the country.
Each of those cities will have low temperatures for the majority of the long weekend.
Bob Hawke was in power the last time Sydney got this cold in 1989, and Brisbane is braced for its worst cold snap since 1904.
Melbourne hasn’t been this chilly 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 freezing Antarctic ice storm.
Mount Hotham and Falls Creek have both seen record snowfalls of almost a metre each, while Mount Buller’s 73cm is the highest is more than two decades (pictured, Mount Buller in 2020)
Mount Hotham and Falls Creek had record snowfalls of almost a metre each, Mount Buller’s 73cm is the highest is more than two decades, and NSW resorts are tipped to have their biggest snowfalls since 1968.
A high pressure system south of Adelaide is lodged in place and blasting frozen winds from the South Pole straight at Australia.
Hobart will fall to 4C on Saturday, with snow even predicted for the beaches on the south of the Apple Isle.
Those conditions will combine with a cold, dry surge of air rushing in, which will bring chilly temperatures until next weekend.
Melbourne is forecast to hit 5C on Tuesday next week while Canberra is bracing for a frosty -5C.
The low-pressure system bringing the freezing winds will be slow moving, so icy conditions will last until next weekend.
Five day forecast across Australia
Friday: Max 17C (sunny)
Saturday: Min 9C, Max 16C (becoming windy)
Sunday: Min 9C, Max 17C (windy)
Monday: Min 6C, Max 15C (partly cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 5C, Max 16C (mostly sunny)
Friday: Max 18C (sunny)
Saturday: Min 6C, Max 19C (sunny)
Sunday: Min 8C, Max 19C (partly cloudy)
Monday: Min 8C, Max 19C (partly cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 9C, Max 21C (partly cloudy)
Friday: Max 16C (showers)
Saturday: Min 9C, Max 15C (possible shower)
Sunday: Min 9C, Max 15C (shower or two)
Monday: Min 8C, Max 15C (cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 7C, Max 16C (partly cloudy)
Friday: Max 12C (partly cloudy)
Saturday: Min 1C, Max 10C (partly cloudy)
Sunday: Min 3C, Max 10C (shower or two)
Monday: Min -3C, Max 10C (mostly sunny)
Tuesday: Min -5C, Max 9C (mostly sunny)
Friday: Max 14C (shower or two)
Saturday: Min 8C, Max 13C (showers developing)
Sunday: Min 9C, Max 11C (showers easing)
Monday: Min 7C, Max 12C (cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 5C, Max 12C (partly cloudy)
Friday: Max 22C (showers, possible storm)
Saturday: Min 13C, Max 22C (showers)
Sunday: Min 12C, Max 20C (showers)
Monday: Min 11C, Max 20C (showers)
Tuesday: Min 11C, Max 20C (showers)
Friday: Min 9C (showers)
Saturday: Min 4C, Max 11C (showers, windy)
Sunday: Min 2C, Max 9C (showers, wind easing)
Monday: Min 4C, Max 10C (cloudy)
Tuesday: Min 3C, Max 11C (partly cloudy)
Friday: Max 32C (mostly sunny)
Saturday: Min 19C, Max 31C (sunny)
Sunday: Min 19C, Max 32C (sunny)
Monday: Min 20C, Max 32C (sunny)
Tuesday: Min 20C, Max 32C (mostly sunny)