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Weather News - Jack Frost brings a late chill over NSW

Kim Westcott, 24 October 2016

New South Wales residents woke up to a chilly start to the working week.

Overnight, Kiama recorded its coldest October night in four years when the mercury dropped to 8.4 degrees. It was a similar story at Ulladulla, with the overnight temperature of 6.9 degrees. In Canberra, the mercury recorded minus one, its coldest night in three years.

It has been 13 years since it was this cold this late in the year for Narrabri, Kempsey and Taree.

For Glen Innes, Armidale and Terrey Hills residents, it has been a decade since it was this cold this late in the year.

Even Sydney didn't escape the cold morning, with the mercury dropping to 10 degrees, its coldest morning this late in the year in eight years.

The cold morning is due to a large high pressure system sitting over the state, bringing clear night skies and light winds. A cold front passing over Victoria over the weekend helped drop temperatures as the cold air marched north.

Over the next few days, this high will remain over the state. Mornings will begin to get warmer gradually as the clouds increase ahead of a low pressure trough arriving mid-week.

This may not be the last widespread cold morning of the season, with indications that mid next week may also herald another chilly start. The good news is that the cold mornings now look to be few and far between.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2016

Weather News - Footy weather keeping race-goers and cricketers wrapped up

Brett Dutschke, 23 October 2016

Melbourne has chilled through its coldest pair of days this late in the year since 1983, reaching a footy-season like 13.2 degrees on Saturday and 14.2 on Sunday.

As a result, Western Bulldogs and Sturt scarves outnumbered safari suits and sleeveless dresses at the Cox Plate and country race meets.

A cold front, more typical of winter or early spring, kept much of Victoria, including Melbourne, five-to-10 degrees below average on Saturday and is doing a similar job on Sunday.

This front is slowly losing its bite, causing chilly winds to gradually ease and for skies to clear.

Monday will be as much as six degrees warmer and Tuesday as much as 12 degrees warmer than the weekend as wind gradually turns northerly.

The warmth will be short-lived due to another front arriving mid-week but the chill that it brings will be more typical of late October, taking temperatures about five degrees below average.

The good news for those playing cricket or heading to Derby Day at Flemington next Saturday, the temperature will reach the twenties under mostly sunny skies.

Looking ahead to the Melbourne Cup, a cold front won't be too far away, most likely keeping Flemington in the low-to-mid teens in potentially showery winds.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2016

Weather News - Dangerous swells march up the east coast of Australia

Alex Zadnik, 24 October 2016

A deep low pressure system located over the Tasman Sea has whipped up wild
winds and large waves in the past 24 hours, with maximum wave heights peaking at
eight metres off the coast from Sydney.

This same low pressure system was related to the cold, wet and windy weather
seen through Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW on Saturday. The low deepened
rapidly during Saturday night and Sunday as it moved out over the Tasman Sea,
whipping up large waves for the southern half of the NSW coast.

The duration of gale to storm force southerly winds on the rear flank of the low
mean that this swell is not just large but also powerful and fast-moving. Therefore it
will impact many areas well to the north of the low pressure system over the next
24 hours, including northern NSW and exposed parts of the Gold Coast.

Waves will remain large and powerful for the NSW coast into Tuesday morning
before an easing trend through the day. Despite this easing trend, conditions will
still be very dangerous for activities such as rock fishing and swimming, even if the
ocean does look inviting with sunny skies and lighter winds.

- Weatherzone

© Weatherzone 2016