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Pre-winter cold snap hits Australian capital cities

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The majority of Australia’s capital cities will shiver through the rest of the week, as huge swathes of the nation well and truly say goodbye to the record hot summer and autumn.

Residents in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart and even Perth will be forced to rug up over the next few days.

Hobart will have the lowest temperature of the chilly cities, but despite the national frosty spell, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that for many areas winter would not be similarly cold.

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Rainfall was set to be above average from June to August, the Bureau of Meteorology predicted in its recently released monthly and seasonal outlook.

The temperatures were a welcome change from the sweltering hangover most of the nation experienced during March and April.

Scroll down to see the forecast for your capital city

The southern mainland would be cooler with rainfall for “large parts” of mainland Australia to be up.

The chance of rainfall being higher than the median was biggest in central NSW, SA and southern Queensland.

It was also more than a 50 per cent chance in metropolitan Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

Minimums in Canberra, Melbourne and Hobart were forecast to get into single figures over the next week.

Melbourne’s forecast low of 3C for Tuesday morning would be the chilliest mark recorded since before June 2007.

Higher than average rainfall is likely across Australia from June to August. Photo: BoM
Higher than average rainfall is likely across Australia from June to August. Photo: BoM

BoM forecaster Rob Taggart told the ABC general temperatures in Sydney were the coldest since August last year, while most sites across the state recorded the coldest May morning in about five years.

He said the chilly weather had been caused by a cold front.

“We’ve had a front come through and that’s brought some dry southerly winds,” he said.

Rain was expected to hit all capital cities except Darwin during the next week, with Sydney and Canberra set to be the worst hit by downpours.

There would be “warmer than average daytime temperatures for the tropical north and parts of southeast Australia” during winter, BoM said.


Tuesday: 19C

Wednesday: 18C

Thursday: 19C

Friday: 18C

Saturday: 19C


Tuesday: 16C

Wednesday: 16C

Thursday: 16C

Friday: 16C

Saturday: 16C


Tuesday: 18C

Wednesday: 18C

Thursday: 17C

Friday: 17C

Saturday: 18C


Tuesday: 13C

Wednesday: 14C

Thursday: 15C

Friday: 15C

Saturday: 15C


Tuesday: 19C

Wednesday: 19C

Thursday: 20C

Friday: 21C

Saturday: 18C


Tuesday: 15C

Wednesday: 14C

Thursday: 16C

Friday: 15C

Saturday: 15C


Tuesday: 34C

Wednesday: 34C

Thursday: 34C

Friday: 34C

Saturday: 33C


Tuesday: 24C

Wednesday: 24C

Thursday: 23C

Friday: 24C

Saturday: 24C

– with ABC

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