As a massive polar blast hits Australia’s east coast, bringing extremely cold temperatures and more rain, millions of Australians will tremble this week from a winter storm. As the east coast of Australia gets battered by a powerful polar blast, which will bring extremely cold temperatures and more rain, millions of Australians will be forced to shiver through a winter storm this week.

Heavy rains on Sunday capped a brief two days of sunshine in NSW, with warnings of further downpours, frosty temperatures, and snow.

Over the past 24 hours, more than 30mm of rain has fallen in several areas of the state, with Sydney’s north being particularly hard affected. Mona Vale and Terrey Hills reported 32mm of rain, while Allambie received 28mm.

Reason for the Polar Outbreak

The low-pressure system of the Tasman Sea and southern winds are the reason for the wet weather, Weatherzone analyst Andrew Schmidt said.

A wave of polar cold air is to blame, as it has diverted from its normal path around Antarctica and is now moving north and colliding with the continent.

A ‘big polar outbreak,’ according to a meteorologist, may bring Melbourne a month’s worth of rain in only 48 hours and ‘exceptional’ snowfall that extends beyond the typical places to northern New South Wales and even into Queensland.

Showers are expected to subside in Sydney over the course of the week but surf conditions will remain dangerous. She said that the recent cold front was really sending up a surge of very arctic air.

This indicates that, although snow showers will often affect places like the Australian Alps and the central plateau of Tasmania, they may also deliver a light dusting of snow to the central and even northern ranges on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.

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The Bureau of Weather issued a warning: ‘A cold front will sweep across south-east and eastern Australia in the next days, bringing a wintry mix of showers, brisk winds, and snow to lower levels.’

Sky News weather forecaster Alison Osborne said an explosion of cold Arctic air would bring snowfall to parts of Tasmania stretching as far north as the mountain range on the Queensland-NSW border.

Southern Queensland, central parts of Northern Territory, and east and south Australia, along with all parts of Victoria’s highlands, there’ll be widespread frost as the mercury lowers right down to below five degrees and in some cases below freezing.

Queensland

Queensland is a state situated in northeastern Australia, and is the second-largest and third-most populous Australian state. It is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia, (wikipedia)

Australia (continent)

The continent of Australia, sometimes known in technical contexts by the names Sahul . Situated in the geographical region of Oceania, Australia is the smallest of the seven traditional continents. (wikipedia)