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Melbourne, Sydney climate: Cold snap to proceed, snow predicted across Australian Alps

Flooded areas in Sydney were granted a reprieve on Thursday from the biblical rains experienced over the past week, but major flood warnings remain in place in some of the most severely impacted parts of the state.

The pause in rain will continue on Friday, as a large high pressure system over the Great Australian Bite creates dry weather across the country for most of the day.

But rainfall and cold weather is likely to return to Sydney on Sunday, although the amounts are not expected to be intense or heavy and therefore should not exacerbate flooding.

Light snow falls are also expected across the Australian Alpine region this weekend.

Maximums in Sydney and Melbourne will be cold for Friday at 16 and 13 respectively, while Melbourne’s Sunday is expected be clear-skied but bitterly cold, with a minimum of 5 degrees.

In Sydney, showers are expected to persist from Sunday through to next week; however the Bureau of Meteorology is not expecting rainfall amounts to exceed 5mm.

Cold weather is expected to remain across the southeast of Australia across the weekend and early next week, with maximums in Hobart hovering around 12 to 13 degrees and around 14 degrees in Melbourne.

The bureau said on Friday morning that major flooding was occurring in Hunter, Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, with 21 flood warnings remaining in place across NSW.

The bureau issued a hazardous surf warning for coastal areas in NSW, including the Hunter Coast, the Macquarie Coast, the Sydney Coast and the Illawarra Coast.

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