Southeast Australia is set to be hit by another ice blast, with temperatures forecast to drop as communities battle ongoing storms and flooding.
With thousands of South Australians still without power and flooding across central west NSW, the “unusually cold” air mass hovering over NSW, South Australia and Victoria is expected to produce well below average temperatures in the coming days.
The high pressure system is also affecting Tasmanians, who woke up to snow on Tuesday.
Weather zone meteorologist Angus Konta said the cool change had moved over the country in the wake of a significant low and low that affected NSW over the weekend.
He said the high pressure system would lead to clearer, more stable conditions for next week and temperatures to rise again.
Meanwhile, he said the general forecast for many of the southeastern states was going to be “very cold.”
“With the winds, it could feel even colder,” Konta said.
Met Office senior meteorologist Jonathan How said it was “very late” in the spring for a cold blast like this.
“The influence of La Niña meant that much of eastern Australia experienced a cooler and wetter spring,” he said.
In Melbourne, the maximum temperature only reached about 14 degrees, well below the average of 22 degrees for this time of year.
Wednesday is expected to plunge further, with the BOM forecasting lows of just 9C.
Sydney residents are set to shiver until Wednesday as the minimum temperature drops to 19C.
In Adelaide, the minimum temperature is forecast to be around nine degrees before warming to 15 degrees on Friday.
Showers are forecast for southern Victoria and south-eastern NSW over the next few days, but no major totals are expected.
The frosty change comes after thousands of South Australians were left without power over the weekend due to thunderstorms that swept through the state.
More than 20 schools were closed on Tuesday.
The BOM has issued major flood warnings for the Murray and Edward Rivers.
Originally published as Another icy blast to hit south-east Australia as storms continue flooding