Millions of Aussies to experience coldest May weekend in 23 years: 'Rug up'

The country's southeast is set to shiver with Melbourne not expecting temperatures to reach above 13 degrees this weekend.

Aussies are being warned to "rug up" to prepare for the country's coldest May weekend in 23 years in parts of the southeast.

Thanks to plummeting temperatures, NSW, Victoria (especially Melbourne), Tasmania, the ACT and South Australia can expect a "wintery" concoction of rain, hail, snow, intense winds and thunderstorms, according to Weatherzone.

May is set to have us shivering more than usual — with some places to see day temperatures drop five to eight degrees below average for the month this weekend.

A photo of what's forecasted between now and Sunday night in southeast Australia, according to Weatherzone.
Australians in parts of the country's southeast are expected to have their coldest weekend in three years. Source: Weatherzone

Coldest May weekend for Melbourne in 23 years

Melbourne is to experience its coldest May weekend in a whopping 23 years, forecast to reach 13 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday is expected to be the chilliest for NSW and the ACT, with areas like Dubbo (15 degrees) and Orange (7 degrees) anticipated to be the coldest since winter of last year, ABC meteorologist Tom Saunders reports. While Sydney will experience its lowest maximum (18 degrees) since October and Adelaide (15 degrees) since November.

Where can we expect snow?

The weekend will also bring snow to Tasmania which will reach down to around 500 metres of elevation, 700 to 800 metres in Victoria, 800 to 900 metres in southern NSW and the ACT and about 900 to 1000 metres in Central NSW.

It'll be the second wave of sufficient snow this week for the Alpine region, though it's a little too early to put the skis on.

But an umbrella will be handy for western Tasmania, the coast of South Australia, southeast NSW and southern Victoria, where the heaviest rain is predicted to be around 10 to 30 millimetres.

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