Australia’s east coast is about to be hit with a monster storm, bringing damaging winds, a massive snow dump, hail and the coldest weather of the year.
The low pressure system is sweeping across southeastern Australia and expected to hit New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania this week.
Police were forced to rescue a mother and her son who were stranded near Lake McKenzie in Tasmania due to a large amount of rain and snow falling on the area on Monday.
The pair were on a three-day hike near Lake McKenzie in Tasmania when the cold snap hit and the weather deteriorated so badly they were unable to escape.
They managed to call for help using a satellite messenger, prompting the police to reach them on an inflatable raft.
Gusty winds paired with the low temperatures will make it feel several degrees colder, Weatherzone forecasters said.
The frigid air is expected to drop decent snowfall on the highland areas, while heavy showers drench southern New South Wales and Victoria.
Melbourne is expected to reach a maximum of just 12C this week, with winds reaching up to 100km/h on Monday.
Victoria’s State Emergency Service urged people to move their vehicles undercover and away from trees, and secure loose items around the yard.
The dramatic cold front follows a short lived heatwave in Sydney, with temperatures reaching 28C in Sydney on Sunday.
Weatherzone’s Graeme Brittain said erratic fluctuations in temperatures from day-to-day were not uncommon at the start of spring.
He said the warmer weather interacted with occasional cold air from the south and resulted in dramatic weather episodes.
Following a brief reprieve from the cold weather on Wednesday, Weatherzone predicted another bitter cold spell to move across the east coast on Thursday and Friday.
While Australia’s southern region suffers through the cold, Weatherzone said Queensland should remain dry.