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Temperatures have plummeted in the nation’s south-east this morning due to a cold front, which has seen snow fall over Alps, while strong gusty winds batter Victoria.
New South Wales and Queensland residents are bracing for more rain this weekend, as Sydney and Melbourne face minimum temperatures of 9C and 10C respectively today.

Two centimetres of snow has already dusted Perisher Resort in NSW’s Kosciusko National Park, with more expected to fall.

It's snowing at Perisher Ski Resort in NSW.
It’s snowing at Perisher Ski Resort in NSW. (Perisher Resort)

Lows of 4C are forecast in Canberra today and Hobart will shiver through an 8C morning.

The front rolling over the country this morning, is one in “a series of cold fronts” expected this week.

Cold weather stock Melbourne
A cold front has caused temperatures to plummet in Australia’s south-east. (Joe Castro)

“A cold front will brush Victoria early Wednesday morning, with scattered showers mostly on and south of the ranges and about the northeast,” the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said.

“Snow lowering to 1200 metres”.

A south-west swell of five to six metres will also batter the west coast of Victoria today.

This will “decay to near three metres during Thursday”.

And damaging winds are possible in the NSW alps above 1200 metres this morning.

Towns cut off by floodwaters for second time this year

Rain returning to NSW and Queensland

The weather bureau’s five day forecast has shown showers will return to NSW and Queensland on Friday.

The rain will strengthen over the weekend with 6 to 15 mm forecast to fall over Sydney on Saturday and 10 to 20 mm on Sunday.

Rain modelling shows showers will be at their heaviest in Sydney and Brisbane on Saturday.
Rain modelling shows showers will increase in Sydney and Brisbane on Saturday. (Ventusky)

However the bureau said “flooding rain is not currently expected”.

Showers will also increase in Brisbane over this period. The heaviest falls are predicted on Saturday, with 10 to 20 mm of rain forecast.

‘Unseasonable low’ to cause flooding in WA

Flood warnings have been issued for Western Australia’s Pillbara region as an “unseasonable” low pressure trough fed with a stream of tropical moisture, soaks the state’s interior.

 Forecast accumulated rain between Monday and Wednesday this week, according to the ECMWF model.
Forecast accumulated rain between Monday and Wednesday this week, according to the ECMWF model. (Weatherzone)

The warning area includes Port Hedland to Onslow and adjacent inland areas.

“Falls of 20mm to 40mm could amass over the Interior by Wednesday night,” Weatherzone writes.

“This may include six-hourly rain rates of around 60mm to 120 mm in parts of the Pilbara, enough to cause flash flooding.”

Let’s take a look at what the weather is doing across the nation’s capitals this morning.

The mercury will climb to a maximum temperature of 26C in Brisbane, which will be partly cloudy today.

A maximum of 20C will be felt in the Harbour City after a morning low of 9C.

It will be a mostly sunny day.

A shower or two is forecast to soak Melbourne, which will experience a low of 10C and a high of 15C.

At 4C, Canberra will record the country’s lowest morning temperature today. The mercury will reach a maximum of 13C.

It will be partly cloudy.

Showers are easing in Hobart today, with the capital expected to experience temperatures between 8C – 12C.

A shower is possible in Adelaide this morning. A low of 11C will be felt, before temperatures climb to 18C.

It will be a sunny one in Darwin today, with a maximum temperature of 34C.

Showers and a storm are likely in Perth today, most likely in the morning and afternoon.

A low of 13C and a high of 22C is forecast.

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