Polar air blast to sweep through most states and winter begins to freeze
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Polar air blast to sweep through most states and winter begins to freeze

An explosion of arctic air will hit southern and eastern Australia towards the end of autumn, bringing freezing temperatures, showers, snow, and brisk winds.

Polar air blast to sweep through most states and winter begins to freeze

The strong cold front and the low-pressure system will move through parts of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, eastern NSW, and southern Queensland.

The rapid transition to the winter weather pattern will happen just in time for June 1, with some communities experiencing the coldest temperatures of the year so far.

The Bureau of Meteorology has warned that the major cold outbreak will break most winter records, let alone records for the last days of fall.

Weatherzone Meteorologist Joel Pippard said the system will result in a “wide area of ​​damaging winds” that could stretch from Perth to Brisbane and Hobart.

“Large accumulations of small hail, moderate rainfall leading to minor flooding, and low-level snow are possible,” said Mr. Pip. pard.

Camera IconNSW is set to shiver at -1 degrees in the morning. Delivered Credit: Delivered


The cold snap will be felt for the first time in southern WA on Saturday, with Perth experiencing heavy showers.

WA’s south coast will experience heavy rains, gusty winds, and thunderstorms on Saturday before the wet weather spreads to the Eucla district on Sunday.

BOM predicts heavy rainfall over both northwest WA and the Pilbara coast, with a total of up to 60mm expected.

“Isolated drops of up to 80mm are forecast over the Flood Watch area for Saturday,” BOM said.

“Further precipitation totals of 50 – 90 mm with isolated totals up to 120 mm are possible on Sunday.”


The cold front will move through South Australia on Sunday morning, where it will remain for most of the day, with intense showers and gusty thunderstorms plaguing the area through Monday.

Camera IconSouth Australia will bear the brunt of the cold front on Sunday morning. Michael Marschall Credit: News Corp Australia

The BOM has warned that a severe weather warning may be issued for damaging wind gusts.

“Temperatures in South Australia are likely to be the coldest or nearly the coldest day of the year so far for many locations,” the agency said.

In Adelaide, temperatures as low as 9C are expected in the early hours of Sunday morning.


Victoria will have to deal with a cold front with showers, strong winds, and possible thunder from Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures in Melbourne could drop to 7C on Monday, while Bairnsdale in the state’s west could hit 6C.

Snowfall is certainly expected, with possible blizzards around the peaks on Tuesday.

The BOM may issue warnings for severe thunderstorms and severe weather for damaging winds early in the week.

Camera IconVictoria will experience the cold front Monday and Tuesday. NCA NewsWire/Paul Jeffers Credit: News Corp Australia

Victoria could also see thunderstorms with cold air throughout Tuesday, with the possibility of small hail.

“Snow level is expected to drop to 1,200 meters on Monday and nearly 700 meters on Tuesday,” BOM said.


The burst of wintry weather will break through in NSW Monday and Tuesday, starting with frigid gale-force winds.

BOM has said it could issue a severe weather warning.

“The cold front could cause significant rainfall in the southern interior of the state, especially around the western parts of the central and southern mountain ranges,” BOM said.

“Snow is expected in the Alpine region, with a chance of snow around the higher parts of the mountain ranges outside the Alpine region extending far north as far as the Central Tablelands.”

Parts of the east coast of NSW are expected to experience high winds late Monday and well into Tuesday.

Camera IconThe eruption of wintry weather will break through in NSW Monday and Tuesday. John Grainger Credit: News Corp Australia

Temperatures in Sydney are expected to drop to 7°C on Thursday morning, while temperatures in areas to the west of the city will be lower.

Penrith is predicted to wake up to 6C, while Camden in the southwest will wake up to 5C.

Parts of the state’s central west, such as Dubbo, Coolah, and Mudgee, wake up to -1C.

Lithgow, Orange, Bathurst, and Crookwell will see temperatures of -2C on Thursday morning as cold winds rage across the state.

Armidale in the Northern Tablelands is expected to be the coldest part of NSW, with early morning temperatures of just -3C on Thursday.


The cold snap will move north towards Queensland by mid-week, just in time for winter.

Thursday is expected to be the coldest day of the year so far for the sun.

Southern parts of the state are waking up to morning temperatures as low as 1C, including Stanthorpe and Applethorpe.

Meanwhile, Brisbane will hit a low of just 6C on Thursday.


Strong and potentially damaging winds are forecast due to the cold front in Tasmania.

The island state will also have to deal with a huge temperature drop and snow up to 700 meters on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Tasmania will also endure minor hail and thunderstorms in cold weather while the weather system remains.