As a cold front stretches across south-eastern Australia this week, the warm start of spring is swept away by returning winds and storms.
David Wilke of the Bureau of Meteorology told Guardian Australia the cold front passed early yesterday.
An offshore low pressure system well in the Tasman Sea was helping to direct cooler air and gusty winds to the southeast.
Temperatures in New South Wales dropped 10 ° C overnight, bringing cooler temperatures after a mild start to spring. Wilke said the vigorous winds hitting the NSW coasts would continue on Wednesday.
Sydney was scheduled to peak at 18C and trow at 9C on Tuesday, while a dangerous surf warning was in place between Sydney and Port Macquarie, with beach goers being urged to be careful as Surf Life Saving NSW has predicted high tides between 1.5 and 1.7 meters.
High wind maritime warnings were in place for all coastal waters. The greater Sydney and Hunter area also expected isolated thunderstorms, with the potential for small hail in the east.
Wilke said there had been a light blanket of snow in “unusual” areas, such as Bathurst, and the Alps would receive several inches of snow.
“We expect more snow to fall in Bombala and potentially extend north this afternoon to Guyra.”
Wilke said cooler conditions would subside early Wednesday, with NSW following a “good offsetting trend” where temperatures are expected to rise above average.
In Melbourne, temperatures reached just 13 ° C on Monday and Tuesday, dropping to 6 ° C overnight.
Senior BoM meteorologist Christie Johnson told news.com.au Victorians could expect snow up to 500 meters.
“It’s a return to winter, with a cold front bringing showers, storms, strong winds, small hail and low level snow,” she said.
“That means the Grampians, Dandenongs, Otways, Ballarat and places like this could see snow showers.
“Isolated thunderstorms are occurring today and behind the front today, and are possible in everything but the far northwest of the state. They can bring strong gusts of wind and small hail, but should not be severe. “
Elsewhere in the southeast, Canberra is expected to peak at just 14C and a low of -1C. Hobart had a forecast high of 14C and a low of 9C, while snow and a high of 6C were forecast for the central highlands. Adelaide was expected to reach a high of 15 ° C and a low of 9 ° C overnight.