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Weather: Sydney and Melbourne smashed by icy blast

Winter appears to have set in early across Australia’s eastern states and territories, with he capital dipping to a low of -1C this morning.

Winter appears to have set in early across Australia’s eastern states and territories, with he capital of Canberra dipping to a low of -1C this morning.

Residents in Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide endured a low of 8C, while Sydney recorded a low of 9C.

It comes as meteorologists warn of another rainfall period coming for parts of NSW and Queensland. Forecasts estimate a total of 100-200mm to fall on the 19th to the 26 of May.

In NSW, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said “showers will start developing about coastal districts from Friday”.

Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming along the east coast

“[These will] persist into mid-late next week. Showers heaviest over the weekend,” the BOM said.

Rain of up 10 to 20mm has been forecast by BOM for both Brisbane and Sydney, with areas along the states’ coastlines expected to be affected.

“It will be soaking wet on election day in the east of Queensland, but for eastern NSW we’ll also be seeing a whole bunch of showers coming and going,” Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.

“Through the next eight days, as the wet weather will continue a little bit after that [the weekend] as well, we’re talking about 50 to 100mm for much of the NSW and Queensland coastlines.”

“The series of cold fronts crossing Tasmania have briefly surged far enough north to deliver a surprisingly heavy snowfall to mainland alpine regions,” Weatherzone reported.

“Meanwhile in Tasmania, locals say the snow depth is now around 20 cm at the tiny volunteer-run skifield of Mt Mawson.”

Parts of South Australia also dropped below 5C this morning.

The coldest minimum temperatures were recorded at Keith, reporting a chilly 0.6C, while Loxton reported a 1.5C reading.

1.6C was recorded at Renmark and 2.1C at Cummins and Coonawarra.

Frost is expected to move into more parts of Victoria and Tasmania on Friday and could linger for the whole weekend and into next week.

“Some locations [will be] seeing frost for three of four days in a row I would expect, before it all starts to clear up by the time we get to the middle of next week,” Mr Sharpe said.

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