Severe frosts are expected to continue this weekend on Australia’s east coast, with snow expected in the Australian Alps.
Sydney’s flooded areas were granted a reprieve from last week’s Bible rain on Thursday, but severe flood warnings remain in effect in some of the hardest-hit parts of the state.
The rain break will continue on Friday as a large high pressure system over the Big Australian Bite creates dry weather across the country for most of the day.
But rain and cold weather are likely to return to Sydney on Sunday, although they are not expected to be heavy or severe and should therefore not exacerbate the flooding.
Light snow is also expected in the Australian Alpine region this weekend.
Highs in Sydney and Melbourne will be cold on Friday at 16 and 13 respectively, while on Sunday Melbourne is expected to have clear skies but very cold, at least 5 degrees.
Showers are expected to continue in Sydney from Sunday until next week; however, the Bureau of Meteorology does not expect rainfall to exceed 5 mm.
Cold weather is expected to continue across southeast Australia over the weekend and into early next week, with maximum temperatures hovering between 12 to 13 degrees in Hobart and around 14 degrees in Melbourne.
The bureau said Friday morning that major flooding had hit the Hunter, Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers, leaving 21 flood warnings remaining in New South Wales.
The Bureau has issued a high surf warning for coastal areas of New South Wales, including the Hunter Coast, Macquarie Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast.
Originally published as Weather in Melbourne, Sydney: cold snap continues, snow forecast in the Australian Alps