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Australia weather: Record-breaking rain to hit Northern Territory as Sydney, Melbourne freeze

Aussies are in for an uncomfortable week as record-breaking rain partners up with freezing temperatures with some areas set to shiver through -6C temperatures.

Residents in NSW, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania can expect the current morning chill to hang around heading into next week, alongside a record-breaking rain event.

Large parts of the four southern states were subject to ‘feels like’ temperatures of -3C on Wednesday morning with Victoria and NSW’s alpine regions plummeting to ‘feels like’ temperatures below -6C.

Freezing temperatures will coincide with a record-breaking rain event from Wednesday as a large cloud-band forms over the Northern Territory and Queensland.

Temperatures will continue to plummet across central and southern Australia this week with morning ‘feels like’ temperature set to reach -6C in mountainous regions (pictured, a map of temperatures this weekend)

NSW residents could catch a break from the cold next Tuesday with morning 'feels like' temperatures sitting between 3C and 12C (pictured, Sydney)

NSW residents could catch a break from the cold next Tuesday with morning ‘feels like’ temperatures sitting between 3C and 12C (pictured, Sydney)

The system will combine with a separate storm in east Victoria and NSW to form a heavy rain system covering most of Australia’s east coast this weekend.

South Australians, South NT residents and central West Australians will feel the cold on Thursday morning with large areas to suffer through ‘feels like’ temperatures ranging from 0C to -3C.

Alice Springs residents, who usually enjoy scorching summers, will see temperatures plummet between -3C to -6C.

Morning 'feels like' temperatures are set to stay low heading into this weekend across central and southern Australia (pictured, the 'feels like' temperatures for 7am on Friday)

Morning ‘feels like’ temperatures are set to stay low heading into this weekend across central and southern Australia (pictured, the ‘feels like’ temperatures for 7am on Friday)

Residents in mountainous NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania regions are set to see snow down to 1000m on Thursday with 2cm to 5cm forecast (pictured, Thredbo)

Residents in mountainous NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania regions are set to see snow down to 1000m on Thursday with 2cm to 5cm forecast (pictured, Thredbo)

Thankfully the morning cold is forecast to ease by 10am each day with average ‘feels like’ temperature across central and southern Australia sitting between 3C and 9C.

NSW residents are forecast to catch a break from the morning cold next Tuesday with ‘feels like’ temperatures sitting between 3C and 12C around the state.

Residents in mountainous NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania regions are set to see snow down to 1000m on Thursday with 2cm to 5cm forecast.

Heavy rain will centre on NSW's coast over the weekend, bringing heavy rain to the Sydney region (pictured, forecast models showing predicted rain)

Heavy rain will centre on NSW’s coast over the weekend, bringing heavy rain to the Sydney region (pictured, forecast models showing predicted rain)

The visibility on the ski slopes this weekend is forecast to be fair on Friday, improving on Saturday and excellent on Sunday (pictured, Thredbo)

The visibility on the ski slopes this weekend is forecast to be fair on Friday, improving on Saturday and excellent on Sunday (pictured, Thredbo)

For those heading to the ski slopes this weekend visibility is forecast to be fair on Friday, improving on Saturday and excellent on Sunday. 

Meanwhile a record-breaking wet weather system began forming in the Northern Territory on Wednesday morning, Sky News reported.

That weather system is forecast to begin moving southwest into southeast Queensland from Wednesday afternoon, heading into Thursday.

Light snow is forecast to fall down to 1000m on Thursday in NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania (pictured, Katoomba)

Light snow is forecast to fall down to 1000m on Thursday in NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania (pictured, Katoomba)

An unseasonable rain system is set to bring record-breaking rainfall to the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales from Wednesday

An unseasonable rain system is set to bring record-breaking rainfall to the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales from Wednesday 

The rain will continue to get heavier throughout the day on Thursday as it combines with a separate rain system in northeast Queensland.

By Friday morning a large cloud-band is expected to cover most of the NT’s northeast, Central Queensland and Queensland’s coast.

The rain will continue to move east on Saturday before clearing up before largely easing on Sunday afternoon.

However, the system will re-intensify on Monday and is expected to bring heavy rainfall from that afternoon.

Sydney is forecast to see heavy rain from Saturday as a rain system moves northeast from South Australia and Victoria

Sydney is forecast to see heavy rain from Saturday as a rain system moves northeast from South Australia and Victoria

A cloud-band (pictured, forecast for 1pm on Friday) will form over the NT and Queensland, bringing record-breaking dry season rain

A cloud-band (pictured, forecast for 1pm on Friday) will form over the NT and Queensland, bringing record-breaking dry season rain

The rain is forecast to bring rainfall totals over 50mm to areas in the NT’s north.

The NT is currently in its dry season, running from May to October.

During this time, several regions see average rainfalls totalling less than 1mm.

Parts of Queensland’s east coast are expected to see over 100mm of rain, including Cairns and Bundaberg. 

The cloud-band across the NT and Queensland will combine with a southern rain system in NSW later this week

The cloud-band across the NT and Queensland will combine with a southern rain system in NSW later this week

Melbourne residents are forecast to see light rain from Thursday as a storm system moves over the state towards the NSW coast

Melbourne residents are forecast to see light rain from Thursday as a storm system moves over the state towards the NSW coast

Australia’s southeast is also facing a wet week ahead with light showers moving in on South Australia and Victoria’s border coastlines on Wednesday.

The system will move east on Thursday and bring rainfall to west Victoria before focusing on the state’s northeast coast.

By Friday night the rain will have largely moved away from Victoria to focus on NSW’s coastline.

Heavy rain will focus in the Sydney region on Saturday before spreading north on Sunday to eventually to cover the coastline heading into next week.

Perth is set to stay sunny for the rest of the week with residents forecast to enjoy maximum temperatures at about 20C.

MAJOR CITIES FOUR-DAY FORECAST 

PERTH

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Max 18

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 19

Friday: Sunny. Min 7 Max 19

Saturday: Sunny. Min 7 Max 20

ADELAIDE

Wednesday: Showers developing. Max 14

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 16

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 15

Saturday: Cloudy .Min 7 Max 14

MELBOURNE

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Max 13

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 6 Max 13

Friday: Possible shower. Min 7 Max 13

Saturday: Possible drizzle. Min 6 Max 13

HOBART

Wednesday: Shower or two developing. Max 14

Thursday: Possible shower. Min 6 Max 11

Friday: Cloudy. Min 4 Max 12

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 5 Max 14

CANBERRA

Wednesday: Morning frost. Partly cloudy. Max 12

Thursday: Cloudy. Min 2 Max 13

Friday: Cloudy. Min 2 Max 12

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 1 Max 13

SYDNEY

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Max 19

Thursday: Shower or two. Min 9 Max 18

Friday: Showers. Min 10 Max 17

Saturday: Showers. Min 11 Max 17

BRISBANE

Wednesday: Cloudy. Max 21

Thursday: Cloudy. Min 12 Max 22

Friday: Rain at times. Min 14 Max 19

Saturday: Rain. Min 13 Max 19

DARWIN

Wednesday: Rain at times. Max 29

Thursday: Rain at times. Min 21 Max 25

Friday: Cloudy. Min 18 Max 27

Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 29

SNOW FOUR-DAY FORECAST 

WEDNESDAY

 Less than 2cm down to 1600m

0 per cent at 1400m

0 per cent at 1000m

THURSDAY

 2cm to 5cm down to 1000m

50 per cent at 1800m

30 per cent at 1400m

Below 5 per cent at 1000

FRIDAY

 Less than 2cm down to 1100m

50 per cent at 1800m

50 per cent at 1400m

10 per cent at 1000m

SATURDAY

Less than 2cm down to 1400m

20 per cent at 1800m

20 per cent at 1400m

Below 5 per cent at 1000m

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