Wild weather is expected for the NSW coast today after Melbourne was hammered with rain yesterday.
“A mass of cold air is moving towards the north east of the country. We call this a ‘cold pool’ and that will lead to the formation of a deep low in the western Tasman Sea,” Mr Saunders said.
And Aussies in every part of the country are in for a chilly, rain-soaked week with frost even expected in the southern parts of the Northern Territory later this week.
Sky News chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said temperatures across the country had been below average, even for June.
“It’s been a cold start to winter for much of central and eastern Australia,” Mr Saunders said.
“We’re expecting heavy rain in Western Australia later this week to end the state’s dry stop.”
The weather pattern that brought heavy rain in southern Victoria and caused a dumping of heavy snow across the Victorian Alps is now moving up to New South Wales.
“That low will cause some extreme conditions. Damaging wind gusts are likely up the NSW coast and a band of heavy rain also moving up the coast could cause flash flooding. Because of offshore gales we’ll see huge seas and swells potentially averaging about six metres off the coast.”
By Tuesday night, the worst of the weather will have already moved off the NSW coast but huge swells are still expected up the east coast of Australia.
“Huge swells are forecast, enough to even cause some coastal erosion on Tuesday and Wednesday on parts of the NSW coast,” Mr Saunders said.
Aussies in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and NSW can also expect very cold southerly winds.
On Tuesday afternoon, temperatures will even drop below 10 degrees in some parts of southern Queensland.
After heavy rain and storms, the mercury at night is going to plummet.
“Cold nights will follow once the winds ease and the skies clear and we’ll have widespread frost,” Mr Saunders said.
“For example, on Wednesday morning temperatures in parts of Victoria and NSW will drop below five degrees.
“The frost will be widespread. It will be severe in the alpine region in Victoria by Wednesday morning and there will be patchy frost right through Victoria.
“By Thursday morning, there will be severe frost through southern and central NSW and in northern Victoria. Frost will be widespread throughout South Australia by Thursday morning and even stretching into the south of the Northern Territory.”
Across to the other side of the country, Western Australia is finally going to get some much-needed rain.
Perth just experienced its driest May in 55 years, so thankfully, things are about to change.
Sky News forecasts the “entire west coast” will get significant rain and “cold, wet and windy conditions” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“By Thursday afternoon, a band of heavy rain will move into WA,” Mr Saunders said.
“We could see some flash flooding by Friday morning on parts of the west coast — up to 50mm — and that system will move inland and weaken.
“From this system we could even see some damaging wind gusts and the second front will come through on Saturday and that will bring further showers.
“From the two systems combined, WA will experience easily its heaviest rain in the past few months.”
It’s also going to be very wet in Queensland this weekend with the rain system starting in the north of the state before moving south to the border.
“So good news, we do have rain for many parts of this country coming up in the next week,” Mr Saunders said.
The Bureau of Meteorology earlier issued a severe weather warning stretching 1000km — with wild wind and rain expected to lash large parts of Australia.
Damaging winds of more than 90km/h are expected in some areas affected by the wild weather — which stretches from north of Kempsey in NSW’s Mid North Coast to Eden in the South Coast.
Sky News Weather meteorologist Rob Sharpe previously warned NSW commuters to allow enough time to get to work tomorrow morning due to “tricky” conditions on the roads.
“People will very much notice that change coming through,” he said.
“It’s really going to bring some powerful winds. We’re worried about wild winds, particularly for that Tuesday morning commute for Sydney and Wollongong.”
A trough associated with a Tasman Low will surge up the NSW coast today and tomorrow, bringing strong to gale-force southerly winds, high seas and much colder conditions. Blizzards may develop about the Alps later today and Tuesday. See https://t.co/xR07DQK0UB for warnings. pic.twitter.com/qatoagkUSX
— Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW) June 3, 2019
The good news is more snow is expected to accompany the wild weather at slopes including Mount Baw Baw, Falls Creek, Mount Buller and Mount Hotham.
The heavy falls last week led some resorts to open their season a week early but also brought problems.
At Mount Baw Baw, heavy snow knocked down trees and forced the closure of a main road up to the mountain.
ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY:
Sydney (Min 8 Max 17):
Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS and DAMAGING SURF for people in Metropolitan, Illawarra, South Coast, Snowy Mountains and parts of Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands and South West Slopes Forecast Districts.
Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of rain, mostly in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning with the risk of heavy falls.
Winds westerly 15 to 25 km/h turning south to southwesterly 45 to 65 km/h during the morning, reaching 60 to 80 km/h about the coast, then becoming southwesterly 30 to 50 km/h in the late evening.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.
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— NSW SES (@NSWSES) June 3, 2019
Melbourne (Min 8 Max 13):
Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers.
Winds southerly 20 to 30 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then becoming south to southwesterly and light in the late evening.
Brisbane (Min 9 Max 18):
Brisk. Winds west to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h.
Perth (Min 7 Max 23):
Sunny. Winds northeasterly 20 to 30 km/h becoming light in the late afternoon then becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening.
Adelaide (Min 9 Max 14):
Cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the morning and afternoon. Light winds.
Hobart (Min 5 Max 12):
Cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the south in the morning and afternoon.
Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.
Canberra (Min 3 Max 11):
Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of rain in the early morning, then clearing. Winds southerly 30 to 45 km/h becoming light in the late evening.
Darwin City and Outer Darwin (Min 20 Max 28):
Partly cloudy. Winds southeasterly 25 to 35 km/h.