Powerful front adds to winter misery
Cold mornings are set to continue for the next couple of days, and when that passes, rain will take its place.
Parts of northern New South Wales, Queensland and southwest Western Australia could cop a drenching as we near the weekend.
The shiver-inducing early starts have some life in them yet. That's down to a lingering high pressure system over much of the country but concentrated in the east.
High pressure often leads to clear skies. In winter that means warm days but chilly nights, as there's no cloud cover to lock in the heat.
For the next couple of mornings, frost is possible away from the coast across Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales and even into parts of southern Queensland. It could be severe in higher areas.
A dry Melbourne is looking at lows of 6C to 8C and highs of between 15C and 17C for the remainder of the week. Shave a few degrees off that as you head into country areas; Wodonga could fall to just 1C on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
It's also dry in Adelaide, with the mercury bottoming out between 7C and 9C this week and peaking around 17C.
Clearing showers is the forecast for Hobart on Wednesday, but the skies will gradually clear. The early mornings will go from 6C on Wednesday to just 3C on Friday, with highs of around 13C.
Canberra will be frosty, with a low of -2C on Wednesday but climbing to 3C later in the week. Highs in the capital will be around 14C, and there will be the odd shower.
RAIN FOR THE EAST COAST AND WA
A powerful front passing over Tasmania is bringing wet weather, with 62mm of rain falling on Mt Read in the 24 hours to 9am. That will head off to sea today, with a southerly then pushing up the east coast and making its presence felt later in the week, says Sky News Weather channel meteorologist Tom Saunders.
"On Thursday, showers will become widespread stretching up the South Coast of NSW right up to tropical Queensland coast," he said.
For Sydney that means decent downpours are a chance all the way from Thursday to Sunday.
The cloud will push up night-time temperatures to above average lows of around 12C later in the week, with daily highs of 19C.
"A trough will hit Central Queensland and bring heavier falls on Thursday and Friday," he said.
Up to 25mm of rain could fall all the way from Hamilton Island down as far as Newcastle. Minimums in Brisbane will rise from 13C to 17C as the week progresses, with highs of around 23C.
It's sunny and 30C in Darwin, but early mornings remain cool for the Top End at 17C.
Western Australia will be hit by yet more rain with Perth ground zero.
"A front will link up with tropical moisture to bring a band of heavy rain and storms to the west coast along with gusty winds," said Mr Saunders.
Lows of around 9C to 14C are expected in Perth. A sunny 21C is forecast on Wednesday before temperatures fall to between 16C and 18C towards the end of the week. Storms and up to 45mm of rain could fall across Thursday and Friday.
But in good news for farmers, that rain will push deep into WA, with showers likely in Kalgoorlie and Esperance by the end of the week.