The beast in the east: Australia to be smashed with snow, hail, fierce winds and driving rain as winter kicks in – so what will the weather be like for you?
- Australia’s south-east will be hit with extreme cold weather, wind and snow
- Victoria, Tasmania and parts of NSW will see snowfall as well as gusty winds
- Canberra, Victoria and Tasmania are in for a wet weekend but Sydney will be dry
- Severe weather warning for damaging winds has also been put in place for WA
Australians can expect to shiver through the weekend as the country is battered by extreme cold weather, snow and severe winds.
A cold front is set to sweep across south-eastern parts of the country throughout the week with Tasmania, Victoria and parts of NSW to suffer the most.
Strong wind warnings have also been set across South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Meteorologist Graeme Brittain told Daily Mail Australia the wild weather will last over the whole weekend.
Australia’s south-east is set to be hit with extreme cold weather bringing snowfall to ski resorts in Victoria, Tasmania and NSW (pictured skier in Mount Buller, VIC)
Strong wind warnings have also been set across South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory (the blue areas shown the map indicate where will have the coldest weather)
Snow is expected to fall in parts of NSW as the cold front sweeps through (pictured: snow in NSW on Wednesday)
‘A frontal system associated with a cold front is lined up for the south-east this weekend, affecting all of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales from Friday across the whole weekend,’ he said.
‘Over this period winds will be quite gusty especially in coastal and elevated parts.’
Mr Brittain said Australia would also see some heavy snowfall over the weekend.
‘Snowfall will mainly be in the Alps in Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. The resorts there could pick up some decent snow over the weekend,’ he said.
‘Generally strong and gusty cold winds will be a feature from Thursday through to Monday. It’s not a great weekend to be outdoors.’
Heavy rainfall of around 22mm and possible hail is also expected to hit central Victoria and Canberra.
Clouds are seen looming over Sydney Harbour Bridge on Wednesday as the city prepares for a bout of cold weather
A cold front is set to sweep across south-eastern parts of the country throughout the week with Tasmania, Victoria and parts of NSW to suffer the most (pictured: a car veering off a road in Perisher, NSW)
NSW will see a cold and windy weekend due to a cold front coming in from Tasmania
Sydney was covered in thick cloud on Wednesday morning as temperatures drop
Tasmania is also in for a wet weekend but Sydney will be spared the rain and will instead see sunshine.
On the other side of the country a severe weather warning has been put in place for south-west areas in Western Australia.
Fierce winds of up to 100km/h are expected to sweep through the areas on Wednesday with the potential to damage homes.
Thunderstorms and huge swells are also expected in the areas Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Mandurah, Manjimup, Margaret River and Mount Barker.
A warning has also been set for farmers as cold temperatures and winds could put lambs and sheep at risk.
Heavy rainfall is also expected to hit Victoria and Tasmania (pictured: rainy day in Melbourne)
FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST
Wednesday: Min 13, Max 17
Thursday: Min 13, Max 18
Friday: Min 11, Max 19
Saturday: Min 10, Max 20
Sunday: Min 11, Max 17
Wednesday: Min 3, Max 13
Thursday: Min 2, Max 14
Friday: Min 0, Max 14
Saturday: Min 5, Max 14
Sunday: Min 3, Max 11
Wednesday: Min 13, Max 23
Thursday: Min 14, Max 23
Friday: Min 15, Max 23
Saturday: Min 14, Max 22
Sunday: Min 14, Max 23
Wednesday: Min 9, Max 17
Thursday: Min 9, Max 19
Friday: Min 10, Max 17
Saturday: Min 9, Max 14
Sunday: Min 7, Max 14
Wednesday: Min 12, Max 23
Thursday: Min 11, Max 18
Friday: Min 6, Max 18
Saturday: Min 5, Max 20
Sunday: Min 9, Max 22
Wednesday: Min 4, Max 14
Thursday: Min 5, Max 16
Friday: Min 10, Max 17
Saturday: Min 10, Max 16
Sunday: Min 7, Max 14
Wednesday: Min 22, Max 33
Thursday: Min 22, Max 33
Friday: Min 22, Max 33
Saturday: Min 22, Max 32
Sunday: Min 21, Max 32
Wednesday: Min 2, Max 12
Thursday: Min 3, Max 12
Friday: Min 5, Max 15
Saturday: Min 7, Max 15
Sunday: Min 8, Max 14