A wild weather system brewing off Australia’s east coast has led to severe weather warnings for two Aussie states.
Both NSW and Queensland are on alert for gale force winds and heavy rain as the low pressure system moves across the coastline.
The Bureau of Meteorology expects the east coast low to form off Queensland’s southeast later on Thursday and gradually move south while deepening on Friday.
It is then forecast to interact with a ridge to the south resulting in increasing winds and waves along the NSW northeast coastline.
Queensland to be first hit
With the low set to form east of Fraser Island on Thursday, several wind warnings are in place across the Sunshine state.
Residents along the Capricornia Coast, Fraser Island Coast and Sunshine Coast Waters have been told to brace for gale force conditions.
While those in Townsville, Mackay, Hervey Bay, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast can expect strong winds on Thursday.
As the low tracks southwards on Friday, heavy surf is forecast along the exposed southern coastline south of Sandy Cape.
NSW next in the firing line
Extreme conditions are expected to hit the NSW Northern Rivers region.
Wind and hazardous surf warnings have been issued for the Byron and Coffs coasts, with waves forecast to exceed five metres.
With more rain on the way, minor flood warnings are also current for the Macquarie River, Bogan River, Lachlan River and Darling River.
Sydney is expected to receive up to 36 millimetres of rain before Monday with showers forecast across the weekend.
Melbourne’s coast snap continues
While Melburnians shivered through their coldest morning in four years on Wednesday at 0.8 degrees, the cold snap will continue to bring chilly conditions. Thursday morning saw a minimum temperature in the city of 1.2 degrees.
A high pressure system passing over southeastern Australia is behind the freezing temperatures this week, as it follows an earlier cold front.
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