Severe weather is expected to worsen for parts of NSW today with strong winds, dangerous surf and cold temperatures for large swathes of the state’s coast.
A low off the NSW Coast in the western Tasman Sea will gradually head east towards Lord Howe Island during Saturday.
Winds and surf are forecast to increase during the weekend in association with the low.
Damaging wind gusts with peak gusts exceeding 90 km/h are forecast in association with the strengthening northwesterly winds from late Saturday morning.
Winds may temporarily decrease Saturday evening before strengthening again to gale force southerlies with average speeds exceeding 60 km/h and peak gusts exceeding 90 kilometres per hour on Sunday morning.
Surf and swell conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming with warnings in place for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast today.
Sydney’s maximum temperature today will barely reach 15C with along with very high chance of showers along the coastal fringe, grading to a slight chance in the western suburbs.
The conditions comes after a particularly icy week for the state and around the country with every state and territory registering temperatures cold enough for frost this week and all but one saw the temperature plunge below -2C.
The reason for the frigid mornings was string of high pressure systems, which caused a combination of clear skies, light winds and cold, dry air.
These are the ideal ingredients for frost-producing temperatures at this time of year.
Perisher in the NSW snowy mountains recorded Australia’s first -10C of the year so far while Alice Springs woke to sub-zero temperatures twice in one week.
A trough and cold front are triggering gusty winds, rain and storms in western and southern WA, some showers reaching southern SA.
A high and dry air is bringing a cold night to the interior.