A cold front will sweep across New South Wales this week, bringing back the freezing winter with high winds, hail and snow.
- Thunderstorms are expected to hit Greater Sydney later this week
- BOM warns that winds could cause property damage
- Surf Life Saving NSW urges beach goers to be careful
Temperatures are expected to drop to 10 degrees Celsius Monday evening and Tuesday, before dropping down Wednesday.
Sydney experienced a warm start to spring, with the city peaking at 24C on Monday.
Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) David Wilke said the state would be hit by winter temperatures.
“We are brought back to a little more wintery temperatures,” he said.
“You might see isolated damage to the properties.”
Greater Sydney and the Hunter region are expected to be inundated with widespread showers and thunderstorms this week.
Winds of up to 50 kilometers an hour could cut trees and damage power cables, Wilkie said, but coastal towns would be hit hardest.
Surf Life Saving NSW has warned that high tides are expected to be between 1.5 and 1.7 meters, peaking at 3.5 meters overnight.
Director Joel Wiseman urged beachgoers to be careful.
“School vacations have started statewide and we anticipate an increase in the number of people visiting our coastline,” he said.
“Given the conditions we expect, I strongly urge people to understand their limitations and avoid taking unnecessary risks in the water.”
Snow will fall in areas that usually don’t get it in areas just 600m above water level, like Cooma in the south of the state, but mostly along the plateaus of the State stretching to the Queensland border from Bathurst to Armidale and Glen Innes.
“But outside of the Alps, it’s more likely to be a sprinkling.”
Rain and snowfall could cause ice to form on the roads, he said.
“Generally, stay on top of forecasts and warnings so you don’t head into a potentially dangerous area,” Wilke said.
He said people could also clean up loose items around their backyards in preparation.