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By Samantha Teague
April 29, 2020

Rain, Thunderstorms, Snow and the Coldest April Day in 60 Years Expected for Australia This Week

We're getting an early taste of winter.
By Samantha Teague
April 29, 2020

While going outdoors at the moment is mostly restricted to exercise, work and grabbing essentials, you'll need to throw on an extra jumper and bring an umbrella to do just that for the rest of this week, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting rain, wind, snow and thunderstorms across Australia for the last week of April. And some places are even expected to see their coldest April day in 50 or 60 years.

BOM Meteorologist Dr Adam Morgan said that a strong and widespread cold outbreak is bringing wet and wild weather to Victoria, NSW, Tasmania, South Australia and some parts of Queensland from Wednesday, April 29.

Temperatures are expected to dip to 8–14 degrees below average for this time of year in some places, with the cold weather set to stick around until at least mid-next week. The average maximum temperature for April is 22.5 in Sydney, 20.3 in Melbourne and 26.1 in Brisbane. But, Melbourne is meant to hit a high of just 13 on Thursday, which would be its coldest April day since 1996.

Sydney will be the coldest on Saturday with a high of 16 expected, while, after a warm 29 on Thursday, Brisbane is expected to drop back down to the low 20s for the rest of the week.

Elsewhere in the country, some parts of northern South Australia, northwest NSW and southwest Queensland are expected to experience their coldest April day since the 1960s and 1970s on Thursday, and Canberra is meant to hit a hit of just 7 on Friday, which will be its earliest sub-10 degree day this side of winter since 1952.

With rain, winds and thunderstorms expected to hit Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane on Wednesday and Thursday, the BOM is recommending you keep an eye out for flood watches and severe weather warnings.

For latest weather predictions and warnings, head to the Bureau of Meteorology website

Published on April 29, 2020 by Samantha Teague

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