Sydney and most of the New South Wales coast had a cool and sunny morning, but wind and cloud will increase.
The sun quickly warmed the coast this morning, but most people didn't notice as it felt two or three degrees colder in the wind than the mercury would suggest.
Just before 10am winds averaged 30km/h at Sydney Airport and the 12 degrees felt more like 9. But this afternoon wind will increase further. Sydney harbour is under a strong wind warning with the potential for winds to average up to 55km/h.
Most of the New South Wales coast is under a gale warning, meaning that winds could reach 65km/h.
These gusty winds won't just make it feel colder, but they will also bring a large and dangerous surf. The swell will be around 4-5ft at most beaches today, but tomorrow it ramps up to 6-8ft.
Showers will begin along the coast from late this afternoon before the isolated showers spread along the coast tomorrow morning. Wind will ease slightly tomorrow, but it will be still be strong enough to make it feel quite cold in the wind.
Wind and showers will continue until Thursday morning when a high pressure system pushes in from the west, bringing clearer skies and lighter winds.
Sydney can expect a mostly sunny weekend with temperatures nudging 20 degrees.
© Weatherzone 2012
13:48 EST Western Australia's grain belt is expected to be dry for the next two months.