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Temperatures see-saw in NSW

Ben Domensino, Wednesday August 14, 2019 - 12:31 EST

Temperatures are bouncing back across NSW after last week's cold snap, although more wintry weather is on the way for parts of the state.

A series of cold fronts brought low-level snow, rain and damaging winds to a large area of NSW during the second half of last week. 

These systems delivered widespread falls of 10-30mm on and west of the southern and central ranges between Thursday and Sunday, as a mix of rain and snow. Some areas in the state's southern inland picked up more than 50mm from these systems, while parts of the alps received more than a metre of snow.

Despite the excitement of low-level snow along the ranges, last week's cold fronts only brought light falls to the parched northern ranges and tablelands. Most of NSW is still sitting below half of their monthly rainfall averages for July.

Looking ahead, temperatures will climb during the next few days as warmer northerly winds develop across the state, ahead of an approaching front. The mercury is expected to reach the mid to high twenties in parts of the state's west by the weekend, possibly nearing 30 degrees in the northwest. 

The combination of warm air and gusty winds is likely to elevate fire danger ratings in parts of the state this weekend.

Image: Warm air spreading over NSW on Sunday as colder air moves across southern Australia.

This brief spell of spring-like weather will be flushed out by a surge of colder air as a front crosses NSW on Sunday and Monday. The impending system is not looking to be as strong or long-lived as last week's event, although it could be cold enough to bring more snow to some areas.

More accurate information will become available during the next few days, so be sure to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings this weekend and early next week.

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