After a cool and windy start to the weekend, Sydneysiders can look forward to a run of warm days next week.
A cold front brought an abrupt change to Sydney yesterday afternoon, dropping temperatures by seven degrees in just one hour. A low pressure system over the Tasman sea is combining with a high pressure ridge to direct fresh and cold southerly winds into the city today. This has made for a chilly start to the weekend, with wind gusts reaching as high as 60km/h at 11am. Today's maximum air temperature will climb to 18 degrees, although the wind chill will make it feel a few degrees cooler, so sheltered sunny spots will be fiercely sought after in parks this afternoon.
Thankfully as the high builds over the state, winds will ease tomorrow, becoming light and variable with a mostly sunny day and another top of 18 degrees. This high will continue to stave off any rain for the next few days and from Tuesday a warming airmass will cause air temperatures to rise, with tops of over 20 degrees each day.
The warming will culminate on Thursday with an expected maximum of 24 degrees, which is six degrees above the August average. If this temperature is reached it will be Sydney's warmest day since May.
These warm conditions will only be a spring-teaser for Sydneysiders, as another cold front is due late on Thursday, bringing a cooler change and a return to near average conditions for the weekend.
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