Millions of Australians will shiver through the coldest day in 37 years as a polar blast sends snow sweeping over three states, but the sun should reemerge by the weekend.
A pool of cold air from Antarctica swirling over the nation’s south-east on Wednesday night sent blankets of snow and torrential rain over Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
In NSW, the mercury is expected to dip more than 10 degrees below average for this time of year in some places, which is close to breaking minimum temperature records for June.
Sydney will get its coldest day in 25 years with temperatures in manty suburbs not making it out of double digits after the CBD hit just 6C overnight.
Katoomba, Blackheath and Mount Victoria in the upper Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, saw its first sprinkle of the season on Thursday morning.
Pictured: Freezing weather sweeping over Australia’s east coast early on Thursday morning
Pictured: Snowfall in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales, on Thursday
Significant snowfall is expected across the state, including in the Northern Tablelands for the first time in almost six years.
Snow has already landed in regional NSW, including in Orange in the state’s Central West, and Oberon in the Central Tablelands, for the first time in six years.
Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain told Daily Mail Australia that further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops on Thursday.
‘About 2cm to 5cm of snow is predicted for those areas on Thursday, but it could be more,’ he said.
About half a metre of snow is also expected to blanket the state’s alpine regions.
Snow has already made landfall in regional NSW, including in Orange in the state’s Central West
Pictured: A woman posing in the snow on Thursday morning in Oberon, in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales
Pictured: A front yard covered in snow in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales
Strong winds and heavy rain forecast for the south coast later this week will add to the chill factor.
Flurries may be seen as far north as Darling Downs, in Queensland’s western slopes, later in the day on Thursday as a record-breaking cold snap sent the mercury plunging to -5.6C in the early morning.
Temperatures will drop about 10 degrees below seasonal averages in the Sunshine State on Thursday, with low figures of 0.3C recorded in Oakley and -4.2C in Dalby.
The Granite Belt may be treated to a sprinkling of snow on Thursday on peaks in the Stanthorpe region.
Victoria will also be blasted by the cold weather, but is facing damaging winds and potential flooding as well.
Weatherzone meteorologist Graeme Brittain said further falls are expected over the central tablelands and Barrington Tops on Thursday. Pictured: snow in Oberon
Temperatures should rise by the weekend in Sydney and Melbourne. Pictured: Snow in Oberon
Wind gusts of up to 120km an hour are expected in some places and blizzard conditions are possible about the alpine peaks on Thursday morning.
A severe weather warning for heavy rainfall is also current, with Warrnambool, Bendigo, Seymour, Maryborough, Ballarat, Geelong, Melbourne and Traralgon in the firing line.
A flood watch has been issued for Gippsland and parts of north east and central Victoria.
‘It is likely that we’ll see those rivers responding to that significant amount of rainfall, the rivers may remain quite high for a number of days,’ meteorologist Christopher Arvier said.
A flood watch has been issued for Gippsland and parts of north east and central Victoria. Pictured: Snow in central parts of NSW
Snow blanketed parts of Tasmania on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning (pictured)
Flash flooding is also possible across the state.
A severe weather warning for damaging winds is current for north-eastern parts of Tasmania, and a flood watch was issued on Wednesday evening for the eastern half of the state.
Around 160mm of rain is possible about the northeast coastal ranges.
Minor or moderate flooding may develop from midday on Thursday, and flash flooding is also possible.
Sydney will see sunshine and highs of 19 from Saturday, and Melbourne will see patchy rain heading into next week. Pictured: Snow in Oberon
The weather should begin to clear out by the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology said. Pictured: Mt Buller, Victoria
The weather should begin to clear out by the weekend, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Sydney will see sunshine and highs of 19 from Saturday, and Melbourne will see patchy rain heading into next week.
The weather in Brisbane will clear with sunshine and highs of 22, Adelaide residents will see a cloudy start to the weekend and people in Perth will see patches of rain.
Darwin will be the nation’s warmest capital city with a maximum of 31 heading into next week, but Tasmanians and people from Canberra will shiver over the long-weekend with tops of 16 and 11.
FIVE DAY WEATHER IN YOUR CITY
Friday: Min 7. Max 17
Saturday: Min 9. Max 19
Sunday: Min 8. Max 19
Monday: Min 8. Max 19
Tuesday: Min 10. Max. 18
Friday: Min 6. Max 16
Saturday: Min 9. Max 15
Sunday: Min 9. Max 16
Monday: Min 8. Max 15
Tuesday: Min 7. Max 15
Friday: Min 2. Max 13
Saturday: Min 2. Max 11
Sunday: Min 0. Max 13
Monday: Min 0. Max 13
Tuesday: Min 2. Max 13
Friday: Min 18. Max 31
Saturday: Min 17. Max 30
Sunday: Min 18. Max 31
Monday: Min 19. Max 30
Tuesday: Min 20. Max 30
Friday: Min 8. Max 20
Saturday: Min 8. Max 22
Sunday: Min 8. Max 22
Monday: Min 9. Max 22
Tuesday: Min 12. Max 23
Friday: Min 9. Max 17
Saturday: Min 10. Max 17
Sunday: Min 9. Max 17
Monday: Min 10. Max 17
Tuesday: Min 10. Max 19
Friday: Min 11. Max 20
Saturday: Min 9. Max 20
Sunday: Min 8. Max 20
Monday: Min 9. Max 19
Tuesday: Min 6. Max 19
Friday: Min 13. Max 15
Saturday: Min 13. Max 16
Sunday: Min 11. Max 15
Monday: Min 9. Max 15
Tuesday: Min 8. Max 13
Source: Bureau of Meteorology