'Triple threat': Freezing weather, severe storms headed for east

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The recent mild weather in Australia’s southern and eastern states is about to take a turn, with severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and freezing temperatures descending across four states.

The chilly weather started on Monday with a cold front sweeping through South Australia and Victoria, bringing heavy rainfall and severe weather warnings to parts of the latter.

A warning is in place in Gippsland for heavy rain and flash flooding, with over 100mm expected to fall tomorrow.

Another warning has been issued for sheep graziers in Victoria, advising of cold temperatures, heavy rain and winds.

A map shows which parts of Australia will reach the coolest temperatures.
A BoM weather map showing minimum temperatures predicted for Friday, May 14. The lightest blue areas will reach between 0 - 3 degrees. Source: BoM

Northeastern NSW, southeast Queensland and central Queensland will experience severe thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to a low pressure trough that will stall over the region.

“The models are going pretty hard for large hail and damaging winds, heavy rain is a possibility as well,” Weatherzone meteorologist Craig McIntosh said of the storms.

“Not everywhere will probably see severe storms but they’re very possible.”

Mr McIntosh said the storms were “more likely to flare up in the afternoon and evening” on Tuesday, and could hang around into Wednesday around Brisbane before the trough moves offshore on Thursday.

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Sky News Meteorologist Alison Osborne described the storms as a “triple threat”.

“There’s the triple threat here: We’re talking large hail, heavy rainfall as well as damaging wind gusts, which could impact places like Brisbane and the Gold Coast.”

Ms Osborne said freezing temperatures would follow the cold front and drop temperatures across all four states.

East coast cities to see low temperatures on Tuesday

Melbourne will see a maximum of 15 on Tuesday, and Adelaide will also see its coldest day of the week tomorrow with a top of 16.

Storm clouds over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during wet weather in the centre of Sydney, Thursday, May 6, 2021.(AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING
Sydney will see showers, storms and cold temperatures from Tuesday. Source: AAP/File

Sydney and Brisbane will have their coldest days on the weekend, with Sydney hitting a top of 19 on Saturday and Brisbane’s maximum falling by six degrees to 22 on Sunday.

Canberra will see a high of 13 and a low of just one degree on Saturday.

While Tasmania will avoid the bulk of the wild weather, residents will still see freezing temperatures.

Launceston will drop to one degree overnight on Wednesday, with Ben Lomond in the northeast dropping to -6 on Saturday.

In a major contrast on the other side of the country, Perth will experience its warmest day of the week on Tuesday with a top of 27. Darwin will see a steady top of 34 all week.

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