Wild and windy: People fight the gale-force winds and rain in Melbourne. Picture: David Caird
Wild and windy: People fight the gale-force winds and rain in Melbourne. Picture: David Caird

This is why it feels really cold today

MAYBE just stay inside until the wind eases. That's the advice from forecasters as an icy blast fresh from Antarctica keeps the East Coast shivering through the weekend.

Gusting south-westerly winds will have us reaching for the winter woollies well into Sunday, with the wind-chill making it feel decidedly cooler than the thermometer actually indicates.

Sydney was as cold as Melbourne as Saturday dawned, and Brisbane is also feeling the icy breath of winter. Meanwhile winds from a low pressure system continue to whip up dangerous surf as it tracks out into the Tasman Sea.


NSW Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Rose Barr said the intense low pressure system which started smashing the East Coast on Friday was moving slowly out in the Tasman Sea.

She said shower activity will continue, but it's the winds on the coast and out to sea which continue to be problematic.

Sydney should hit 20C today, with showers easing but the wind continuing to blast at up to 60km/h along the coast, and up to 30km/h in the west.

And it's far from the day to take a dip - if the cold doesn't put you off, the hazardous and damaging surf and marine wind warnings should.

Sydney temperatures plummeted to 11C in the city on Friday night, and to 5C at Campbelltown and Camden.


In the Central Tablelands, which shivered through snowfalls in some areas on Friday, the cold continued to bite, with a minimum of 4C in Orange, and 5c in Bathurst overnight.

The coldest place in NSW was the Snowy Mountains where Thredbo dropped to -4.1C and Perisher to -1.9.

It wasn't much better by 10am Saturday: 1.4C at Perisher and still 0.1C at Thredbo's top station.

More snow and sleet will hit those areas as the winds continue to rip through at up to 60km/h into Saturday night.

Ms Barr said relief is in sight stretching into late Sunday, as the low pressure system slowly tracks away, taking with it the fierce winds and showers.

Severe weather warnings remain in place in alpine areas and East Gippsland, with rain and destructive winds gusting at up to 140km/h still ripping through those areas.

Parts of Victoria were deluged with rain overnight.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Michael Efron said rainfall was high in East Gippsland overnight, with Reeves Knob receiving 90mm of rain in the 24 hours to 9am on Saturday.

Mt Baw Baw also received 90mm, while Mt Elizabeth had 89mm, he said.

expected to be cancelled by later on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday night, wind gusts of up to 143km/h were recorded at Mount Hotham.

With them came subzero temperatures: -0.6C at Falls Creek, and -1.4C at Mount Hotham. More snow is forecast above 1600m today with heavy rain continuing to lash the surrounding areas on Saturday morning.

Temperatures in Melbourne dipped to 13.2c at Olympic Park and 11.6c at Frankston overnight.

And the change in temperatures will be almost imperceptible today, with a forecast top of 16c offset by light showers, and southerly winds at 40km/h.

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Southeast Queenslanders woke on Saturday to their coldest May morning in years as the cold front crept north.

Brisbane's forecast of 9C was it's coldest May minimum since 2015.

The city, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast will wake to similarly chilly conditions on Sunday and Monday.

Inland, Stanthorpe will be Queensland's coldest place, with a minium of 1C.


Conditions have eased in Hobart, with a mammoth clean-up underway, after Friday saw the city's wettest day in almost six decades.

The city recorded its wettest day since 1960, with 129mm falling in 24 hours on Friday alongside wind gusts of more than 80km/h.

A teenage boy had to be winched to safety from a flooded cricket oval at New Norfolk, while a security guard was rescued from a windowless room at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus as it filled with water.

The deluge forced the university campus to close, while the Royal Hobart Hospital shut some beds due to flooding.

Energy provider TasNetworks said about 1100 homes remained without power on Saturday morning.

The Insurance Council of Australia has declared damage from the floods a catastrophe, while the RACT expected the cost of the storm among its customers to exceed $1 million after it received more than 400 claims.

- with AAP