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Sydney to feel no warmer than 10C as southeast coast plunged into winter with freezing temperatures, snow

Blake Antrobus, Madeleine AchenzaNCA NewsWire
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Sydney will be feeling no warmer than 10C for the rest of the day as a cold polar air mass continues to linger over the southeast – marking one of the coldest days since last winter.

The weather system could bring rain and subzero temperatures to some parts of NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia on Saturday and Sunday, even prompting snowfall in Alpine regions.

However, the wintry blast will reach Melbourne on Friday afternoon and Sydney later that night.

By Saturday, Sydney Harbour was recording gusts of up to 83kmh, the strongest since October last year.

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Weatherzone reports gusts of up to 91kmh were recorded at Port Botany and a whopping 100kmh at Wattamolla – the strongest recorded in the southern town since October 2022.

Temperatures in Sydney are forecast to hover around the mid-teens for the rest of Saturday but brisk winds will make it feel no warmer than 10C.

Sydney's current temperature outlook for the rest of Saturday, but brisk winds will make the feels-like temperature climb no higher than 10C. Picture: Supplied / Weatherzone
Camera IconSydney's current temperature outlook for the rest of Saturday, but brisk winds will make the feels-like temperature climb no higher than 10C. Supplied / Weatherzone Credit: Supplied

“(It will be) particularly along the coastal fringe and nearby inland where the winds are strongest,” a Weatherzone spokesman said.

“This makes today the coldest day in terms of apparent temperature or ‘feels-like’ since last winter.”

Earlier, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Senior Meteorologist Christie Johnson said the cold front in Australia’s south east will “continue up the coast of NSW” on Friday night, bring a strong barrage of “southerly winds pushing in behind it”.“

“That’s going to give us strong to gale force marine warnings, and also hazardous surf along the NSW coast,” she said.

“We can also see that the showers associated with that system are quite coastal, perhaps extending to the ranges, but not to inland parts of the country.”

Cold blast of air. Picture WeatherZone
Camera IconA cold blast of air is expected to hit the southeast of the country over the weekend. WeatherZone Credit: NCA NewsWire

The icy air mass will likely bring snow to southern alpine regions, with the snow level expected to drop down to 600 metres in Tasmania

Despite the icy blasts, a strong dry south-easterly flow across Australia’s interior could bring increased fire dangers to parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, and north eastern South Australia.

“As that combines with warm temperatures in the Pilbara, we could see extreme fire danger and there is a fire weather warning out for parts of the Pilbara,” said Ms Johnson.

This is what the weather will look like in each city:

Tasmania

Hobart locals will have to pop on another layer on the weekend as the maximum temperature scrapes a high of 12 to 14°C,

This is about two to three degrees below the average for May.

Victoria

Melbourne will hit a high of just 14°C on Saturday. However, Sunday morning is looking far cooler with a minimum of 7C in the early morning.

South Australia

A bitterly cold morning is ahead for Adelaide residents on Sunday, with a minimum of just 5-6°C.

This will be the first of a four-day stretch when the temperature won’t exceed 17-18 °C.

ACT

A minimum of 13C is expected in Canberra on Saturday.

Locals will wake up to a freezing low of – 1°C on Sunday, with possible frost throughout the morning.

NSW

Sydney residents are bracing for temperatures to drop below 20C this weekend with highs of 17-19°C both days.

Night-time temperatures will drop to 7-9°C.

Queensland

Brisbane is set to experience some below average chill this weekend with a minimum of 11-12°C on early Sunday and Monday mornings.

Strong southerly winds will add to the windchill and could make it feel 5C cooler.

Northern Territory

Darwin will escape the cold blasting the southeast this weekend and is headed toward a high of 34C on Saturday and 33C on Sunday.

Western Australia

Perth locals will also experience a warmer autumn weekend with a high of 29C on Saturday and 28C on Sunday.

Originally published as Sydney to feel no warmer than 10C as southeast coast plunged into winter with freezing temperatures, snow

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