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Australia’s ‘polar blast’ to bring snow, icy winds and rain

Australia’s week long icy blast is set to stick around as the country’s east coast settles into its winter chill.

Strong winds will be a hallmark of the weather in South Australia on Saturday and Victoria on Sunday before arriving in NSW on Monday.

Sky Weather explained the chilly conditions were due to cold “polar air” surging towards the country’s southeast.

Sunday morning will see many Australians hit with another chill.
Camera IconSunday morning will see many Australians hit with another chill. Credit: Supplied

“Another polar blast is set to head towards southeast Australia this weekend. That’s going to set up a prolonged cold spell through much of next week,” Sky Weather said.

”It’s a very wintry weather pattern that’s developing through this weekend. We’ve got a cold front approaching and a cut off low pressure system moving through eastern Australia.”

The channel’s meteorologists also said even more extreme conditions could be expected in Australia’s alpine regions.

“There’s very cold polar air surging towards southern Australia this weekend, moving across the southeast on Sunday and Monday and with that, more snow is predicted for the ranges.”

A burst of heavier showers are expected to arrive on Sunday along with strong westerly winds.

Camera IconSydneysiders brave the chilly weather that hit Sydney in the first week of winter. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA Newswire/ Gaye Gerard

Low temperatures will feature heavily and the chaos won’t be over for at least another week.

“Wind should ease on Tuesday into Wednesday, although another frontal system could cause winds to restrengthen from Thursday and possibly linger into the weekend,” Weatherzone said.

The chill is due to a cold air mass travelling up from Antarctica.

“Colder air will continue to spread across southern, central and eastern Australia throughout most of next week,” Weatherzone said.

South east Australia has been hit with rain, winds and cold weather.
Camera IconSouth east Australia has been hit with rain, winds and cold weather in winter’s first week. Credit: Supplied

The chilly blast comes after the first few days of winter brought with it bitter conditions for those in the country’s southeast.

Cold winds blowing up from the Southern Ocean made temperatures “feel like” a lot lower than the mercury registered, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

“For millions of people across the east and southeast of Australia, the first day of winter has definitely packed quite a punch,” BOM Meteorologist Jonathan How said.

Camera IconWalkers faced this week’s chill at Albert Park Lake in Melbourne. NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw Credit: News Corp Australia

“It’s definitely a good chance to bring out some of those thick winter jackets.”

In Sydney and Melbourne, the temperature felt like around just 2 to 3 degrees celsius as people made their way to work.

“Conditions will clear quite quickly into Thursday as a high pressure system moves over eastern Australia, but it will be quite short lived,” How said.

“In the southeast we’ll see a series of cold fronts coming through – the first one due on Saturday and then a stronger one to come through on Sunday.”

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