Australians in the east part of the country are bracing for frigid weather as cold snap continues to sweep across the region –the coldest in five years.
The Guardian reported that all states except Western Australia will continue to experience below 3 to 7C temperature in the coming days.
In New South Wales, snowfall was recorded at 700 meters over the weekend.
Authorities ordered closure of several major roads in the state’s south and northwest, and to Sydney’s western part due to snowfall. Several roads across the state, including parts of the Great Western Highway, were reopened Monday but motorists are advised to take caution.
The cold spell will continue to linger in the coming days and rains are expected make the already icy weather much worse.
Severe weather warnings are up in Victoria and NSW. Showers are expected particularly in east Victoria and southeast NSW.
The Weatherzone says strong winds and hail in some areas will enhance an “already exceptional chill, making the actual temperature feel as much as 5C colder.”
The Australia cold snap is expected to improve on Wednesday.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology New South Wales, a slightly warmer weather will be felt across the state on Monday, with snow down to about 1,200 meters in the south and mostly dry in the north.
Sydney can expect a partly cloudy weather with a maximum of 18C today, while Melbourne at a maximum of 13 degrees.
The country’s capital, Canberra, may anticipate a maximum 8C temperature, which is the lowest since 2009.
Elsewhere, Brisbane may prepare for cold, dry air from the south that will also bring frost to inland areas from the Granite Belt up to the Atherton Tablelands.
Brisbane is expecting a maximum 16C, but the westerly winds will make it feel much colder.