Records plummeted below sub-zero temperatures as Australia’s southern states woke to a chilly Sunday morning up to 10 degrees below average.
Forecasters have warned the cold weather will sweep across the nation and should hit Sydney on Sunday, with the cool temperatures set to last until Tuesday.
Walpeup in Victoria’s north-west shivered through its coldest September morning in 23 years at -0.8 degrees while Hunters Hill in the state’s east hit -2.6 degrees, thanks to an unusually strong cold front.
It has felt more like winter than spring in Australia’s southern states in recent days
Bureau of Meteorology Victorian senior forecaster Stephen King told Daily Mail Australia snow was recorded in Ballarat in the state’s Central Highlands on Saturday night.
Melburnians woke to a chilly five degrees, which warmed up to 12.
Records were also smashed as the South Australian town of Clare reached -1.1 degrees, while Newdegate in Western Australia dropped to -2.9 degrees, the coldest in 20 years, 9 News reported.
Canberra also woke up to sub-zero temperatures.
But it was Australia’s snowfields that felt the freezing conditions the most.
The weather was miserable in Australia’s southern states
Temperatures got down to -8.6 degrees at Thredbo and -8 at Mt Hootham, while Falls Creek saw a low of -7.6 degrees.
Extreme conditions kept emergency crews busy in Adelaide on Saturday, damaging winds up to 90kmph brought down dozens of trees in the South Australian capital.
The SES received 90 calls for assistance across the city, including serious damages to a number of homes.
The good news is that the southern states will warm up in the coming days before another a mid-week cold front.
A strong cold front in Australia’s southern states brought extreme conditions
The chilly weather has arrived in Sydney which will reach a high of 17 degrees on Sunday, a day after after parts of the city hit a balmy 34 degrees.
‘The cold front hit Sydney on Saturday night, which brought temperatures back into mid to high teens,’ Bureau of Meteorology Sydney senior forecaster Rebecca Kamitakahara told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Monday will see similar conditions before temperatures climb back into mid 20s ahead of another cold front later in the week, which will bring temperatures back down.’
It’s been a busy few days for SES volunteers in Adelaide
Strong winds saw a tree crash into an Adelaide home on Saturday (pictured)