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Weather Australia: NT, QLD battered by rain band as NSW and Victoria freeze in polar surge

It’s going to be a freezing week for Aussies as a polar surge spreads across Victoria, ACT and New South Wales, sending temperatures plummeting to -6C in some areas.

Residents in parts of central Victoria, the ACT and NSW will be subject to minimum ‘feels-like’ temperatures of -3C on Wednesday morning, with NSW and Victoria border towns dropping to a chilly -6C.

The polar chill saw almost the entirety of NSW covered in frost on Tuesday morning, with the icy ground spreading to northern Victoria.

And the cold weather is going to stick around for days with similar freezing temperatures forecast for the rest of the week’s early mornings.

Meanwhile, Northern Territory and Queensland residents have been warned to prepare for heavy showers with some areas forecast to see three months’ worth of rain in just two days.

Residents in central Victoria, ACT and NSW will brave the cold this week with polar surges bringing ‘feels-like’ temperatures plummeting to -3C

Tropical moisture is set to create showers in the Northern Territory on Tuesday that will kick-start a possible week of heavy rain in northern and eastern Australia.

Showers are forecast to form over central NT from midday (local time) on Tuesday before easing overnight into early Wednesday morning, Sky News reported.

Rain will start up again on around midday on Thursday with the storm focusing around Darwin and surrounds before moving southeast overnight.

Northeast Queensland will also see rain this week, with a storm moving in on Wednesday morning. 

A large cloud-band is forecast to form over the Northern Territory and Queensland this week, bringing three months' worth of rain to some areas (pictured, the seven-day rainfall forecast)

A large cloud-band is forecast to form over the Northern Territory and Queensland this week, bringing three months’ worth of rain to some areas (pictured, the seven-day rainfall forecast)

NSW's coast is expected to see heavy rain from Thursday afternoon with the centre of the storm focusing over Sydney and Newcastle

NSW’s coast is expected to see heavy rain from Thursday afternoon with the centre of the storm focusing over Sydney and Newcastle

As the NT storm moves to the south, it is forecast to combine with the northeast Queensland storm and form a large cloud-band that will see unseasonably wet weather across the two states.

The weather is completely different from the usual forecast in the Northern Territory and Queensland, with the two supposed to be in the middle of a six-month dry season that runs from May to October.

During this time, parts of the region see average rainfalls totalling less than 1mm. 

The rain band will begin forming on the NT's Top End on Thursday before moving southeast into Queensland on Friday, combining with an existing storm in northeast Queensland (pictured, the radar forecast for 1pm on Friday)

The rain band will begin forming on the NT’s Top End on Thursday before moving southeast into Queensland on Friday, combining with an existing storm in northeast Queensland (pictured, the radar forecast for 1pm on Friday)

This week’s storms are expected to deliver more than the three-month average for the region’s dry season.

New South Wales residents can expect sunny weather on Wednesday while rain begins to move in on South Australia’s southern coast and head east into Victoria’s west overnight.

That rain will begin to clear, heading into Thursday afternoon as showers form on Victoria’s southern and eastern coasts.

Large parts of NSW and Victoria are forecast to see frost on Wednesday morning, including Mount Buller (above) which is in its peak skiing season

Large parts of NSW and Victoria are forecast to see frost on Wednesday morning, including Mount Buller (above) which is in its peak skiing season

Heavy rain will focus over Sydney and Newcastle from Friday night (pictured, the radar forecast for 6pm on Friday)

Heavy rain will focus over Sydney and Newcastle from Friday night (pictured, the radar forecast for 6pm on Friday)

At about 9pm on Thursday those showers are expected to creep up to eastern NSW, crossing over Canberra on Thursday afternoon.

By Friday night the rain is expected to have eased in the ACT with the storm primarily focused in Sydney and Newcastle. 

The storm is also expected to cause rain in the state’s central west and north west from late Thursday night to Friday night.

The NSW northern coast will also see rain from Friday afternoon.

Large areas of NSW and Victoria have been warned to prepare for frost on Wednesday morning with temperatures ranging from 3C to -6C.

The warning includes central and northern Victoria (including some north coast regions), NSW’s south coast and central west (excluding Dubbo) up to Tamworth and Armidale, and the ACT.

Large parts of NSW and Victoria will see frost early Wednesday morning with temperatures set ranging from 3C to -6C (pictured, Victoria)

Large parts of NSW and Victoria will see frost early Wednesday morning with temperatures set ranging from 3C to -6C (pictured, Victoria)

Clouds will begin to form off of Western Australia’s southern coast on Tuesday, bringing showers to Esperance and Albany that will continue into Wednesday.

Showers are forecast to continue through to Thursday morning before easing overnight.

Western Tasmania is forecast to see rain on Tuesday afternoon which will move east over the state throughout Wednesday and continue Thursday before easing on Friday.

MAJOR CITIES FOUR-DAY FORECAST 

PERTH

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Max 18

Wednesday Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 18

Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 7 Max 19

Friday Sunny. Min 7 Max 19

ADELAIDE

Tuesday Sunny. Max 16

Wednesday Showers developing. Min 8 Max 15

Thursday Possible shower. Min 9 Max 16

Friday Cloudy. Min 8 Max 14

MELBOURNE

Tuesday Mostly sunny. Max 14

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 13

Thursday Shower or two .Min 7 Max 13

Friday Shower or two. Min 7 Max 13

HOBART

Tuesday Cloudy. Max 15

Wednesday Late shower or two. Min 8 Max 15

Thursday Cloudy. Min 6 Max 11

Friday Cloudy. Min 5 Max 13

 

CANBERRA

Tuesday Morning frost. Mostly sunny. Max 12

Wednesday Morning frost. Partly cloudy. Min -3 Max 10

Thursday Cloudy. Min 1 Max 13

Friday Cloudy. Min 1 Max 12

SYDNEY

Tuesday Possible shower. Max 17

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 7 Max 19

Thursday Shower or two. Min 9 Max 18

Friday Showers. Min 11 Max 17

BRISBANE

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Max 21

Wednesday Cloudy. Min 13 Max 21

Thursday Possible rain. Min 13 Max 22

Friday Rain at times. Min 14 Max 18

DARWIN

Tuesday Partly cloudy. Max 29

Wednesday Partly cloudy. Min 19 Max 26

Thursday Rain at times. Min 19 Max 26

Friday Cloudy. Min 19 Max 26

 

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