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Brisbane woke to its coldest morning in four years, with the mercury dipping down to a mere 5.2C.
STORMS, swell and gusts of up to 120km/h — Australia’s winter woes are about to get a whole lot worse.
On Tuesday morning the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) increased the size of a severe weather warning zone currently affecting four states.
“Across southern Australia we’re about to see some really windy conditions,” said Sky News Weather Meteorologist Rob Sharpe on Tuesday.
A cold front is barrelling across South Australia and heading towards Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. That could lead to damaging winds of 50-70km/h and peak gusts in excess of 120km/h as well as hail, storms and treacherous seas, the BoM warned.
Early on Tuesday, the weather bureau increased its weather warning to include virtually the entirety of Victoria and Tasmania as well as higher parts of southern NSW.
Severe Weather Warning has been updated. Damaging wind gusts still expected across southern #SouthAustralia today. Reports overnight of multiple trees down in the #AdelaideHills. Warning at https://t.co/w9BJNQUGqk pic.twitter.com/R7tgLh6tXY— Bureau of Meteorology, South Australia (@BOM_SA) July 16, 2018
‘WINDS RAMPING UP’
“Were going to see winds ramping up across Victoria from the west through today and showers will start in west in the back end of morning but by afternoon and evening they will be spreading across the reminder of the state,” said Mr Sharpe.
“In Tasmania, there will be winds of 90-100km/h across much of the state with showers and areas of rain.”
The wild weather could see winds of up to 55km/h hit Melbourne with an 80 per cent chance of rain while in Hobart umbrellas may be mangled in the face of 60km/h gusts.
In South Australia, wind and rain will be concentrated on Tuesday morning and early afternoon. Gusts of 90-110km/h could be felt on higher ground such as the Adelaide Hills.
“The front is expected in the Adelaide area mid to late morning bringing squally winds and showers,” said the BoM.
Higher ground in southern parts of NSW, close to the ACT and Illawarra, could feel the brunt of the front late on Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, with peak winds above 100km/h.
Sydney will be sunny but with winds of up to 30km/h; in Canberra gusts could top 40km/h.
RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES
Although Tuesday morning wasn’t quite as cold as dawns of late, it’s been only a slight relief from some record breaking morning of cold weather.
Canberra was so chilly on Monday morning it was colder than snow-clad ski resorts.
Parts of Sydney shivered their coldest morning for a generation, while in northern NSW firefighters found it a challenge to put out a fire as their hoses had frozen solid.
High pressure leading to clear skies across eastern Australia has led to a run of freezing cold nights even though temperatures during the day are close to average.
Canberra sunk to -7.3C at 6.30am while Perisher and Thredbo only got as low as -4.6C and -5.4C respectively.
The mornings in Canberra have been progressively getting colder. On Wednesday the mercury dropped to -6.3C, the coldest it had so far reached in 2018. Then it sunk further dropping to -6.5C on Saturday before Monday’s -7.3C.
Feeling the cold this morning? Spare a thought for Uralla firefighters who had to contend with a frozen hoseline while extinguishing a house fire yesterday. pic.twitter.com/o5d3SMSDJ3— Fire and Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) July 15, 2018
It wasn’t just Canberra. On Monday, Penrith in Sydney’s west dropped to -1.8C, its coldest for 24 years. Camden, on the city’s outskirts, dropped to almost -5C at 7.20am. Glenn Innes, in northern NSW, bottomed out at -9.3C before dawn on Monday.
Firefighters in Uralla, an hour and a half south of Glenn Innes, found their hoses had frozen solid and were filled with ice when they tried to put out a house fire on Sunday.
Even usually balmy Brisbane is feeling the chill with a low of 5.2C on Sunday.
“We’re definitely not through the cold snap as yet, you couldn’t say that,” Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Jonti Hall told AAP on the weekend. “It’ll gradually get a bit milder through the overnight period — particularly over most of eastern Queensland — from Tuesday or Wednesday.”
WEATHER THIS WEEK
Mostly sunny for the much of the week with highs of around 22C and morning lows of 8-9C. Some rain from Friday and cooler days reaching 16-19C.
Highs of around 15-16C this week, cooling slightly into the weekend. Lows of around 7-10C overnight. On Tuesday, a high chance of showers, thunderstorms and possible hail in the afternoon and evening. Possible rain for Thursday and Friday as well.
The nights will continue to be cold, sinking to 6-7C, until Thursday. But the days will be warm and sunny, around 24C. Towards the weekend cloud cover should make the nights warmer but the days will cool slightly to around 22C.
Sunny with showers. Chilly nights of around 6C and daytime highs in the late teens for the week.
Showers are likely for much of the week, at this point a sunny Wednesday being the exception. Expect windy condition earlier in the week as a cold front passes through. Highs of 15-17C with lows of around 9-10C. Friday is likely to see the coldest start to the day at just 7C.
A wet week in the Tasmanian capital with as much as 10mm of rain on Thursday. A high of 16C on Tuesday dropping to just 11C on a cold Friday. Pre-dawn lows of 5C on Wednesday and just 4C on Friday and Saturday.
The capital will get a break from some of the bone achingly cold mornings of late. But, being Canberra in winter, it will still be chilly. Lows of -1C early in the week and -3C on Saturday but warmer in between. Highs of between 13-15C during a mostly sunny week.
The Top End will see sunny days and highs of 33C and night time lows around 20-22C.
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