Outer Melbourne has been blanketed in snow as Victoria shivers through its coldest four consecutive days in 24 years.
A powerful winter blast is sweeping across Australia’s southeast from Antarctica, bringing frosty temperatures across the region, with snow forecast down to 400m in Victoria.
Residents in Colac, Ballarat, Meredith, Gordon, Bambra and Birregurra woke to snow covered plains on Tuesday morning as temperature plummeted to below 0C.
Freezing conditions come as two big low pressure systems sparked icy conditions with frost, hail and widespread rain.
A trough is bringing cloudy conditions to Melbourne, with highs of just 11-12C from Tuesday to Friday, while wind chill is expected to make it feel even colder.
It’s the first time the city has experienced a four-day period where temperatures were at 12C or below since 1996, Weatherzone’s Ben Domensino said.
‘Outside central Melbourne, temperatures could even get cold enough for snow to fall on some of the hills around the city,’ he said.
‘Snow is also likely in other low-lying parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.’
The bitter conditions will give Melbourne residents the perfect excuse to stay warm indoors and abide by the stage four lockdown measures implemented on Sunday.
The cold air mass has been described as ‘exceptional’ as it moves up towards Australia from Antarctica.
Temperatures will plunge to -6C in ski resorts in Mount Buller and Mount Hotham with snowfall expected on Tuesday morning.
In Melbourne, strong winds are expected throughout the week with temperatures falling to to 2 or 3C.
Tasmania is shivering through a cold snap with the mercury falling to 0C in Hobart, with snowfall expected.
Strong icy winds with gusts up to 90km/h are likely from Tuesday evening in Hobart, with maximum temperatures to drop below 10C across most of the state.
A bushwalker alert has been issued for hazardous conditions in the west and Central Plateau regions. Drivers are being warned to watch for slippery black ice on roads.
In southern New South Wales snow could fall in towns that are just 300-400m above sea level on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Residents in the lower parts of the Snowy Mountains could be seeing snow covering up to ten centimetres.
Snow is falling in Perisher, with a full week of snow showers forecast, leaving the slopes ready for keen skiers later in the week.
A wind warning for Tuesday is in place for the Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Eden Coast.
Sydney will remain mostly sunny with some high cloud and temperatures between 7C and 20C until Wednesday.
From Thursday onward heavy cloud and showers will hit the Harbour City and remain for the rest of the week.
Adelaide will fall to a low of just 2C on Wednesday, which is 6C lower than the August average.
Clear skies and light winds are forecast in Adelaide on Thursday as the cool weather remains, with a low of 4C forecast.
‘A low pressure system and trough will move over South Australia, continuing their run of cool days with cloud cover and showers keeping temperatures to a minimum,’ Weatherzone forecasts.
‘These cool conditions in Adelaide and Melbourne are expected to linger until early next week, with daytime temperatures remaining below average and days seeming rather gloomy with thick cloud cover.’
Canberra will remain mostly sunny throughout the week with chilly temperatures hitting as low as -4C on Thursday.
The capital city will see areas of fog and frost in the mornings and light winds most of the week.
While much of the country shivers through the week Queensland remains mostly sunny with a few showers by the coast.
Brisbane will be partly cloudy on Tuesday with light winds as the temperature climbs to a top of 24C.
Western Australia is experiencing a severe low pressure system with heavy showers and storms in the southwest.
Perth’s rainy conditions will remain through Tuesday, before clearing through the week with cloudy conditions into a sunny weekend.