The last few days across New South Wales and Victoria have seen temperatures sit close to or above average. This is a welcome change for NSW residents from the cold experienced last weekend. However, for those people hoping for the warmth to continue the news isn't so good, with another cold blast on the way.
The cold is likely to be first felt in Victoria on Friday morning as a low and associated front move across the state. This will bring a burst of wind and showers, with the possibility of thunderstorms and small hail. Snow is also possible down to 800 metres. Melbourne is expected to see a cold, wet and windy day, with a maximum of only 12 degrees, three degrees below the August average. However, the wind will make this feel even colder.
The system will move through NSW on Friday bringing showers, storms and snow down to 1000 metres. The good news for NSW residents is that the cold is likely to only be short lived. For example, Sydneysiders are unlikely to notice the chill until later Friday afternoon as showers move in and winds increase. However, by Saturday a high of 17 degrees is expected, which is close to average for this time of year. This will make outside seem much more welcoming than the previous weekend. However, there will likely be a wind chill, so bring a jumper just in case.
For Victorians, the cold looks to last into Saturday with more showers expected across the state. However, showers will ease later in the day and into Sunday allowing people to make some use of their weekend.
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17:01 EST Sydney's offshore Sea Surface Temperatures (SST's) have remained above 21 degrees for the last four days.