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Melbourne records the coldest start to winter in 80 years as rest of the country is drenched

The beginning of winter in Victoria has brought heavy rain, severe winds, plummeting temperatures and snow.

Melbourne recorded the coldest start to winter since 1943, reaching a maximum temperature of just 11.2C on Monday.

Most of the country has endured a chilly start to the week with rain forecast for several days.

Cool south-westerly winds pushed freezing air through Australia’s east with showers hitting New South Wales and Queensland on Tuesday morning. 

Melbourne (pictured) recorded the coldest start to winter since 1943, reaching a top of just 11.2C on Monday 

The chilly start to June has been good news for the slopes with thick blankets of snow covering Melbourne's alpine regions

The chilly start to June has been good news for the slopes with thick blankets of snow covering Melbourne’s alpine regions

The beginning of winter in Victoria has brought heavy rain, severe winds and snow (pictured)

The beginning of winter in Victoria has brought heavy rain, severe winds and snow (pictured)

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke told Daily Mail Australia Melbourne shivered through a ‘proper winter’s day’ on Monday.    

Ferny Creek in the Yarra Ranges recorded the biggest drenching in the state with 23mm of rain falling, while Melbourne received about 10mm to late Monday afternoon.

Much of the state was lashed with strong winds, particularly in Port Phillip Bay where St Kilda copped wind gusts of up to 83km/h.

The chilly start to June has been good news for ski resorts with thick blankets of snow covering the alpine regions.

Up to 10cm of snow has already fallen at Mount Hotham with resort photographer Chris Hocking welcoming the first snowfall of winter.

‘We woke up there to a fresh coating of snow and it has intensified as well. It is great scenes for the first day of winter,’ he told AAP. 

Cool south-westerly winds pushed cold air through Australia's east with showers hitting New South Wales. Pictured: Sydney's central business district was battered with heavy rains in early March

Cool south-westerly winds pushed cold air through Australia’s east with showers hitting New South Wales. Pictured: Sydney’s central business district was battered with heavy rains in early March 

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke told Daily Mail Australia Melbourne had shivered through a 'proper winter's day' on Monday

Weatherzone meteorologist Brett Dutschke told Daily Mail Australia Melbourne had shivered through a ‘proper winter’s day’ on Monday

Up to 10cm of snow has already fallen at Mount Hotham with resort photographer Chris Hocking welcoming the first snowfall of winter

Up to 10cm of snow has already fallen at Mount Hotham with resort photographer Chris Hocking welcoming the first snowfall of winter

The rest of the week will be wet, however conditions will start to settle after Tuesday.

Temperatures in Queensland plummeted overnight with the state feeling the beginning of winter on Tuesday morning.

Across the state, maximum temperatures may fall short of the June maximum average of 15.5C, with temperatures reaching a top of 15C on Wednesday. 

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Peter Markworth said temperatures will nudge 0C in parts of the state.

‘Getting down into the close to zero temperatures is pretty typical of one of these southerly bursts and we are in the first week of winter, so not unusual at these times,’ Mr Markworth said. 

‘Most places will see temperatures a touch below the June average, but just a touch – one or two degrees maximum.’ 

Temperatures in Queensland plummeted overnight with the state feeling the beginning of winter on Tuesday morning

Temperatures in Queensland plummeted overnight with the state feeling the beginning of winter on Tuesday morning

The cold front reflected that Australia would experience more cold days than the average winter season. Pictured: Pedestrians in Melbourne wearing layers to fight the cold in May

The cold front reflected that Australia would experience more cold days than the average winter season. Pictured: Pedestrians in Melbourne wearing layers to fight the cold in May

Brisbane is expected to have an average June day with temperatures reaching a minimum of 9C and maximum of 21C by Wednesday.

Unusually cold conditions are expected on the Gold Coast, with Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta dropping to lows of 6C and 8C respectively on Wednesday. 

The average June temperature is 13.2C for the Gold Coast.

NSW all experienced snowfall on Monday as cold air from the south passed over the mainland alps.

The snow gave Thredbo and Perisher a picturesque start to winter as skiers and snowboarders begin to get excited about the upcoming season.

The cold air mass is expected to continue to spread north until Wednesday with temperatures falling low enough for snow to fall in elevated areas of central and northern NSW on Tuesday.

Sydney woke to showers and low temperatures on Tuesday morning with a maximum of 17C and chilly winds.

The low temperatures are expected to remain for most of the week before the weather clears up on Sunday. Pictured: Mordialloc Harbour in Melbourne

The low temperatures are expected to remain for most of the week before the weather clears up on Sunday. Pictured: Mordialloc Harbour in Melbourne 

The low temperatures are expected to remain for most of the week before the weather clears up on Sunday.

‘Sydney will also be experiencing winds and will be comfortably mild with a cooler change later in the day,’ Mr Dutschke said. 

‘It will start to feel pretty chilly in the evening.’

South Australia will also experience a dip in temperatures as a result of the high pressure system.

Adelaide will see rain with top temperatures of just 16C and remaining in the mid teens for the rest of the week.

Canberra is expected to endure frosty lows of 2C and highs of just 14C throughout the week.

Mr Dutschke said Canberra would also see showers thanks to the cold front.

South Australia will also experience a dip in temperatures as a result of the high pressure system

South Australia will also experience a dip in temperatures as a result of the high pressure system

‘It’s going to be pretty cold and windy,’ he explained.

For the rest of the week the nation’s capital will likely remain free of rain and sunny for most of the week before the temperature drops to a chilling -2C on Saturday.

Hobart will experience late showers and a maximum temperature of just 12C with similar weather forecast for much of the week.

Perth has escaped the cold front but is experiencing dry winds and maximum temperatures of 23C throughout the week.

Darwin will be sunny with temperatures in the low-thirties. 

Mr Dutschke said the cold front reflected what the weather had in store for the rest of Australia’s winter season.

‘Most of the country will be experiencing a wetter than average season.

‘We’re likely to have more cold days than the average winter because of the cloud and rain that is around,’ he explained.

FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST 

 SYDNEY:   

Tuesday: Min 8, Max 17

Wednesday: Min 10, Max 18

Thursday: Min 10, Max 17 

Friday: Min 8, Max 19 

Saturday: Min 8, Max 18

MELBOURNE:    

Tuesday: Min 8, Max 15

Wednesday: Min 10, Max 14

Thursday: Min 6, Max 14

Friday: Min 6, Max 15

Saturday: Min 15, Max 14 

PERTH:    

Tuesday: Min 9, Max 21

Wednesday: Min 10, Max 22

Thursday: Min 11, Max 22

Friday: Min 10, Max 21  

Saturday: Min 11, Max 23 

ADELAIDE:    

Tuesday: Min 9, Max 16 

Wednesday: Min 10, Max 16 

Thursday: Min 7, Max 16 

Friday: Min 7, Max 15 

Saturday: Min 6, Max 14 

 CANBERRA:   

Tuesday: Min 1, Max 13

Wednesday: Min 3, Max 13

Thursday: Min -1, Max 13

Friday: Min -1, Max 14 

Saturday: Min -2, Max 13 

BRISBANE:   

Tuesday: Min 13, Max 21

Wednesday: Min 9, Max 21

Thursday: Min 11, Max 22

Friday: Min 13, Max 23 

Saturday: Min 12, Max 22 

DARWIN:   

Tuesday: Min 22, Max 33

Wednesday: Min 21, Max 31

Thursday: Min 19, Max 31

Friday: Min 19, Max 31 

Saturday: Min 19, Max 31 

HOBART:   

Tuesday: Min 5, Max 15

Wednesday: Min 7, max 12

Thursday: Min 4, Max 14

Friday: Min 7, Max 15 

Saturday: Min 7, Max 13 

 

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