Sydney is about to swelter through 28C heat this weekend as winter officially ends and the country welcomes in spring.
Temperatures are expected to soar into the high 20s in parts of New South Wales and Queensland on Sunday, which will mark the beginning of a ‘warmer than average’ spring for the country.
While Sunday temperatures reached 28 degrees, residents were urged to keep their jackets handy in order to shield themselves from gusts reaching speeds of 30km/h.
Sydney is about to swelter through 28C heat this weekend as winter officially ends and the country welcomes in spring
While spring gets off to a warm start, experts from the Bureau of Meteorology warn it will also be a frosty one.
Sydney residents will wake to cold and frosty mornings on the weekend and well into next week, before the days dry out and creep up in temperature.
While warm weather was expected to grace the east coast at the weekend, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Scott Williams said it would not last.
Mr Williams said the brief taste of spring would be replaced by blustery conditions across much of southeastern Australia after the weekend.
Temperatures are expected to soar into the high 20s in the New South Wales capital city on Sunday, which will mark the beginning of a ‘warmer than average’ spring for the country
People enjoy the water at Bronte in Sydney, as warm temperatures welcome in the start of spring
People enjoy the sand at sunrise at Bondi Beach in Sydney – where temperatures will soar to 28C on Sunday
Bureau of Meteorology map shows hot spots across the country – where temperatures are expected to exceed the median max in September
‘After a chilly morning with inland frosts, the southeast of the country can expect a settled first day of spring, with plenty of sunshine and light winds,’ he said.
‘The first few days of spring will bring changeable weather across the south as a cold front moves across South Australia Saturday then Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales on Sunday.’
The Bureau’s Climate Prediction Manager, Dr Andrew Watkins, predicted dry weather to continue throughout spring.
Dr Watkins warned there would be below-average rainfall from September right through until November.
He said south western parts of Western Australia would be hit hardest by the dry period.
FORECAST: THE WEATHER RIGHT ACROSS AUSTRALIA
Friday : Max 18, mostly sunny
Saturday : Max 22, sunny
Sunday : Max 28, windy
Friday : Max 24, sunny
Saturday : Max 25, mostly sunny
Sunday : Max 28, mostly sunny
Friday : Max 21, late shower
Saturday : Max 23, windy with showers
Sunday : Max 14, windy with showers
Friday : Max 33, sunny
Saturday : Max 33, mostly sunny
Sunday : Max 33, mostly sunny
Friday : Max 16, mostly sunny
Saturday : Max 17, windy with showers
Sunday : Max 17, late shower
Friday : Max 15, frost then sunny
Saturday : Max 18, frost then sunny
Sunday : Max 19, windy with showers
Friday : Max 16, showers
Saturday : Max 16, possible shower
Sunday : Max 17, possible shower
Friday : Max 16, sunny
Saturday : Max 18, late shower
Sunday : Max 18, possible shower
The Bureau’s Climate Prediction Manager, Dr Andrew Watkins, predicted dry weather to continue throughout spring (Marree in South Australia pictured)
Dr Watkins warned there would be below-average rainfall from September right through until November (Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land pictured)
‘Warm waters in the central Indian Ocean may result in higher pressures south of Australia, resulting in more easterly winds, keeping the west drier than average.’
While the country’s west suffered through the dry weather, he said southeast Queensland and far east Gippsland could see above-average rainfall in coming months.
As Australia moves into spring, it leaves behind one of the driest ever winters recorded.
Every Australian capital recorded a below average rain total in Winter, well below the long-term average.
Bureau of Meteorology map shows the chance of above median rainfall for September
Australia lived through its driest June month in 118 years, paired with above-average temperatures
Australia lived through its driest June month in 118 years, paired with above-average temperatures.
‘We’ve just experienced a very warm and dry winter. In fact, daytime temperatures were at record-high levels across much of the country this winter,’ Dr Watkins said.
‘These warm and dry conditions have meant fire potential in parts of eastern Australia has been unusually high this winter. Bushfires have already occurred in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.’