Australia's east coast to be drenched with rain as temperatures dip

Some parts of Australia's east coast are set for another week-long lashing as rainfall is expected to drench parts of New South Wales and Queensland.

Blistery winter weather will continue to linger over the south-east with showers and gustily south-westerly winds predicted in the coming days.

An upper level trough moving across the coast may increase rainfall over central and eastern Queensland, as well as the NSW coast, meteorologist Christie Johnston with the Bureau of Meteorology said on Sunday.

This system will be monitored closely as it has the potential to produce heavy rainfall, strong winds and large waves.

Raining Sydney weather people with umbrellas
Some parts of Australia's east coast are set for another week of rain. Source: Getty

Sky Weather meteorologist Alison Osborne said some parts of the country's east coast could see up to 100mm of rain over the next eight days as the weather pattern delivers showers from the NSW coast up to Central Queensland.

She said the heaviest rainfall is expected on Thursday or Friday.

A strong wind warning is in place for the Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast for Tuesday.

Temperatures plummet across the east coast

A frigid airmass is causing temperatures to plummet this week across southeastern Australia, with temperatures likely to peak around 3-5 degrees below average in several capital cities, according to Weatherzone.

Sydney will see temperatures as low as 8 with a maximum of 14 on Tuesday and a 90 per cent chance of showers until Sunday. Brisbane will reach a low of 9 degrees on Tuesday, while the temperature in Melbourne will fall as low as 2C on Wednesday, with a maximum at 13C.

On Saturday, Sydney residents woke up to the coldest morning in four years as temperatures dropped to as low as 5 degrees.

The cold airmass that swept through the region over the weekend has since moved across southeastern Australia.

The NSW Alps have also seen heavy snowfall in the last six weeks and more is on the way, according to Weatherzone.

Perisher Valley picked up around 30 cm of snow in the last 24 hours to 9am Monday, while Tasmania could see up to 20 cm of snow this week.

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