Weather: Sydney and Melbourne shattered by icy blast

Winter appears to have arrived early in Australia’s eastern states and territories, with the capital dipping to a low of -1C this morning.

Winter appears to have arrived early in Australia’s eastern states and territories, with the capital of Canberra dipping to -1C this morning.

Residents of Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide endured a low of 8C, while Sydney saw a low of 9C.

It comes as forecasters warn of another spell of rain in parts of New South Wales and Queensland. The forecasts estimate a total of 100-200 mm that will fall from May 19 to 26.

In New South Wales, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said “showers will start to develop in coastal districts from Friday”.

Surf and surf conditions are expected to be hazardous to coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating and swimming along the East Coast.

“[These will] will persist until mid to late next week. Heavier rains over the weekend,” the BOM said.

BOM has forecast rainfall of up to 10-20mm for both Brisbane and Sydney, with areas along the states’ coastlines expected to be affected.

“It will be drenched on Election Day in eastern Queensland, but eastern NSW will also see plenty of downpours coming and going,” Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

“For the next eight days, as the wet weather will continue for a bit after that [the weekend] in addition, we are talking about 50 to 100 mm for much of the coast of NSW and Queensland”.

“The series of cold fronts crossing Tasmania have briefly increased far enough north to cause surprisingly heavy snowfall in the alpine regions of the continent,” Weatherzone reported.

“Meanwhile, in Tasmania, locals say the snow depth is now around 20cm at the small volunteer-run Mt Mawson ski field.”

Parts of South Australia also dipped below 5C this morning.

The coldest low temperatures were recorded in Keith, with a cold of 0.6°C, while Loxton reported a reading of 1.5°C.

Registered 1.6C at Renmark and 2.1C at Cummins and Coonawarra.

Frost is expected to move into more parts of Victoria and Tasmania on Friday and could stay through the weekend and into next week.

“Some places [will be] I would expect to see frost for three or four days in a row, before everything starts to clear up by the time we get to the middle of next week,” Sharpe said.

Originally published as Sydney and Melbourne crushed by icy blast as cold snap hits Australia

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