Just when you thought Winter was nearly over…
We may find ourselves reaching for an extra blanket this weekend, with forecasters predicting icy cold temperatures – the coldest this season!
A number of severe weather warnings have been issued for parts of the country, with the freezing cold conditions likely to hit from today.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, a series of cold fronts are forecast to cross South Australia today, before heading into Victoria, Tasmania and NSW by Saturday.
“We expect to see very windy conditions, rain, hail and snow in low lying areas. Alpine areas could expect damaging winds,” BOM warned.
In NSW, wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible with blizzards likely for Alpine areas above 1200 metres.
SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: strongest weather system this winter for SE Australia, with possible sleet/snow on #NSW #Qld border. Video current at 12 pm AEST, 7 August 2019. Check warnings at https://t.co/0iBm75CO79 & follow advice from emergency services pic.twitter.com/0rzydto2yC
— Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (@BOM_au) August 7, 2019
The State Emergency Service has warned residents in those states to secure and put away loose items around the home, with wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h expected in some parts.
Queenslanders are also being told to keep their ugg boots at the ready, with temperatures set to drop significantly over the coming days.
According to the Weather Bureau, Monday is going to be the coldest for Gold Coasters – with a low of just 2 degrees predicted in Nerang on Sunday and a chilly 1C on Monday.
It’s much the same for most of the city, with a low of 3 degrees predicted for Surfers Paradise on Monday.
A strong wind warning has been issued for Gold Coast Waters tomorrow, with gusty winds of up to 40km/h set to hit in the morning.
A hint of #spring with warm conditions across most of #Queensland before cold, dry air pushes up from the south over the coming days – a reminder that #winter isn’t over yet! #qldweather
Check out Meteye for detailed forecasts: https://t.co/2Epnuwf9TB pic.twitter.com/TFaYnOpuCt
— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) August 6, 2019