A polar air mass will sweep across Australia this weekend laying waste to a myriad of cold-records as it goes. Melbourne’s mercury is forecast to plunge to an overnight low of 10C (50F) on Saturday.
“As we move through Friday, a cool change is coming through and it’s going to be a doozy,” Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.
A daily high of around 15C (59F) is expected for Saturday.
“If it gets below 15.3C, and the forecast is that it’s in that ballpark, it will be the coldest March day in Melbourne for 41 years,” Mr Sharpe said.
As well as cold, the front will bring stormy conditions along with it — the rain peaking at around 5pm Friday.
Australia’s Temperature Anomaly Forecast (in C) for this weekend:
Sydneysiders are also expecting a record-breaking weekend, with a plunge to 12C (53.6F) in Sunday morning’s forecast. If this indeed plays it would be the coldest March reading in 15 years and 5C below the monthly average.
“If it drops below 12.1 degrees, it will be the coldest March day since at least 2005,” said
Mr Cronje, a senior meteorologist at Weatherzone.
“It will get down to single digits in other parts of NSW on Sunday.”
Snow is expected to fall in Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW on Saturday, with as much as 5cm falling at some of Australia’s ski resorts.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift