Severe Weather Update: strong cold front to sweep across southern Australia, 17 April 2019

Severe Weather Update: strong cold front to sweep across southern Australia, 17 April 2019

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Hello again. Well, as we head into Easter, it will be story of two halves weather-wise across southern Australia—with a strong cold front on the way. Very warm in the east and very cold in the west. That cold front is moving up from a long way south in the Southern Ocean. Those winds are almost Antarctic, pushing up from the south there. The cold front will move towards the southwest corner of WA later on Thursday night. As it crosses the coast overnight Thursday into Good Friday morning, we’ll see very showery weather right across the southwest and maximum temperatures will drop significantly. We’re looking at maximums around 8–12°C below average, even with the chance of some snow on the Stirling Ranges. And with those strong winds the swell will be rather dangerous along the coast, so please take care if you are along the coast. Ahead of the front, we’ll expect very warm conditions, and windy as well, which will increase the fire danger through eastern parts of Western Australia and South Australia as well. Temperatures through South Australia and Victoria are already around the high 20s and low 30s mark—to stay that
way over the next few days ahead of the front, with maximums around 8–12°C *above* average. On Easter Saturday, Adelaide’s looking around 32°C at this stage and high 20s through Victoria; and along the east coast, though, we’ll see showery conditions along the Queensland coast and extending into northern New South Wales. So across the Easter break stay safe and happy—and stay in touch with the Bureau on our website and app for all the latest forecasts.

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