Parts of Sydney are set to drop to zero degrees overnight as a brutal cold snap sends temperatures plummeting in Australia’s southern and eastern states.
Overnight minimum temperatures in parts of Victoria, New South Wales, ACT, South Australia and Tasmania are set to plunge up to five degrees below average right up until early next week.
In NSW, those in the Snowy Mountains will feel the cold the most, where temperatures will drop to an icy -7C in Cooma, well below the -1.3C minimum average for June.
Those in the state’s Central Ranges will also need to rug up with Bathurst set to get down to -5C while it will be -4C in Canberra.
Minimum temperatures are set to plummet across inland Victoria, NSW and Queensland
Widespread frost has been forecast for much of NSW on Thursday and Friday mornings.
‘Large parts of inland NSW will be sub zero over the next few nights,’ Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecaster Rob Taggart told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It’s due to a high pressure system across south-eastern Australia that’s not moving very fast.’
Many Australians will need extra layers to keep themselves warm over the coming nights
Even parts of the NSW mid north coast will feel the cold with Port Macquarie forecast to plummet to just 3C.
Many Sydneysiders will see overnight temperatures drop to 8C on Wednesday night and 9C on Thursday.
But it will be much colder in the city’s west and south-west with both Penrith and Campbelltown set to drop to 1C while Richmond will hit 0C.
BOM has issued a frost warning for much of Victoria on Thursday morning.
The most affected regions include Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North East, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland with temperatures set to get down to -3C in these areas.
Widespread frost will result in overnight temperatures plummeting well below average
The NSW snowfields will see sub zero overnight temperatures over the coming days
‘The first of many cold mornings to come over the next week over most of Victoria and Melbourne as a high pressure system to the west moves slowly east. Away from Alpine areas the lowest temperatures were -2C at Edenhope, Castlemaine, Mangalore and Redesdale,’ BOM Victoria tweeted.
Temperatures are forecast to drop even further with Albury-Wodonga on the NSW/Victorian border expected to plummet to -4C
‘Inland Victoria will see a series of frosty night’s and sub zero temperatures until early next week,’ BOM senior forecaster Rob Dickson told Daily Mail Australia.
‘The coldest of those night will be next Monday night, particularly for large parts of northern Victoria.’
Victorians will shiver through the worst of the chilly conditions early next week
Melburnians will feel the worst of the chill over the weekend, where overnight temperatures will drop to 5C to Saturday, 4C on Sunday and just 2C on Monday.
A frost warning is also in place for South Australia on Thursday morning after the temperature dropped down to -2C in Renmark and Yunta and -1C in Coonawarra and Naracoorte.
Adelaide is expected to drop as low as low as 5C after reaching a top of 13 earlier in the day, the same maximum forecast for Thursday.
‘Extra blankets needed tonight as it is going to be a extra cold over most of the state in the morning,’NSW Storm Watch posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday
In Tasmania, those taking part in this Saturday’s Dark Mofo nude swim in Hobart will strip down in a chilly 4C.
In the state’s north, Launceston is forecast for minimums of -2C or lower for five consecutive nights from Thursday.
‘This would be quite unusual – last happened in June 2015,’ BOM Tasmania tweeted.
Over in the west, Perth residents will wake up to a chilly 6C on Thursday morning.
Brisbane have another few nights before temperatures drop to as low as 9C on Saturday and Sunday.
South Australia is one of several states feeling an extra blast of winter this week
Four day forecast in capital cities
Thursday: Min 9, Max 17, Showers
Friday: Min 9, Max 16, Showers
Saturday: Min 8, Max 16, Showers
Sunday: Min 9, Max 16, Showers
Thursday: Min 5, Max 12, Shower
Friday: Min 4, Max 12, Showers
Saturday: Min 5, Max 13, Cloudy
Sunday: Min 6, Max 15, Cloudy
Thursday: Min 12, Max 21, Showers
Friday: Min 13, Max 21, Shower
Saturday: Min 9, Max 21, Sunny
Sunday: Min 9, Max 19, Cloudy
Thursday: Min 6, Max 13, Showers
Friday: Min 6, Max 14, Sunny
Saturday: Min 5, Max 14, Sunny
Sunday: Min 4, Max 14, Sunny
Thursday: Min 6, Max 19, Sunny
Friday: Min 10, Max 21, Rain
Saturday: Min 11, Max 19, Rain
Sunday: Min 11, Max 18, Showers
Thursday: Min 17, Max 30, Sunny
Friday: Min 17, Max 30, Sunny
Saturday: Min 18, Max 30, Sunny
Sunday: Min !8, Max 30, Sunny
Thursday: Min 2, Max 11, Sunny
Friday: Min 2, Max 12, Cloudy
Saturday: Min 3, Max 12, Cloudy
Sunday: Min 3, Max 12, Cloudy
Thursday: Min -4, Max: 11, Cloudy
Friday: Min -1, Max 10, Cloudy
Saturday: Min -2, Max 11, Cloudy
Sunday: Min -1, Max 10, Cloudy
Source: Bureau of Meteorology