Cold blast ahead for SydneyBen McBurney, Sunday August 18, 2013 - 12:56 EST
Sydney is enjoying a stunning winter's weekend, however a strong cold front will bring windy and colder conditions to kick off the working week.
The city is currently enjoying its warmest weekend since May, reaching 24 degrees yesterday and is again forecast to reach a high of 23 degrees with sunny skies.
This is continuing the trend of unseasonably warm winter weather Sydney has enjoyed. The first 17 days of August have averaged 20.7 degrees, the hottest start to the month on record, which also comes after the warmest July on record.
However, one of the strongest cold fronts of the winter will cause much colder conditions from Monday, which will feel even chillier as strong and gusty winds pick up with and behind the front.
While Monday will reach around 21 degrees, the winds will make it feel up to four degrees colder than this, particularly during the afternoon and evening. Wind gusts could be damaging, likely reaching 70km/h across the Sydney Basin with more exposed places seeing potentially up to 80-90km/h.
On Tuesday, the jumpers will definitely be coming out with a maximum of only 16 degrees. While winds will not be as strong, they will still provide significant chill to the air with many people likely to stay inside near the heater rather than venturing outdoors.
Chilly nights will also make a return, with the potential for some parts of Sydney to see their coldest nights of the winter so far.
The windy, cold conditions will not last long though, with maxima rising back into the 20's by Thursday, with current indications suggesting another cracker of a weekend is on the way next week.
© Weatherzone 2013
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