Feeling a little chilly, Sydneysiders? If you're not now, you will be soon. But it's not just the usual wintry temperatures that's about to make the city shiver — rather, it's a particularly frosty cold snap that's set to spark Sydney's coldest day of the year.
While the mercury has been lingering around the 17–20 degree maximum mark all week, that's due to change on Sunday when it won't exceed 14 degrees. Sydney, Penrith and Liverpool will all experience the drop, which comes as part of a cold front across the east coast. In some areas, temperatures are predicted to hit their coldest point in two years.
To put the dip in context, 17.8 degrees is the month's average maximum temperature to date, while 11 degrees is the minimum. In fact, 17 degrees is the usual June average historically, according to data spanning from 1859 to 2016; however the city has already endured a 15.1-degree day so far this year, on June 5.
Across the state's ski resorts and alpine regions, the cold burst is also expected to bring snow of up to 50 centimetres over the weekend.
If you're not too keen on the extra dose of chilliness, temps are forecast to hit the average range again from Monday, with maximums of 17–18 predicted for the rest of the week. Still, we can stop saying that 'winter is coming' — yep, winter is definitely here.