Aussies warned to brace themselves as ‘damaging’ arctic winds blast the country

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The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for South Australia, Victoria, as well as southern NSW from today. Source: Getty

Parts of Australia’s south coast are set to be hit with an unusually bitter cold snap, bringing with it strong arctic winds, rain and freezing conditions.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a warning for South Australia, Victoria, as well as southern NSW from today.

BOM senior forecaster Matt Bass said in a press conference on Tuesday that the cold snap is “one of the most significant fronts we’ve seen so far this winter”.

“There is a risk of damaging winds across a broad area of the state [South Australia], roughly south of Streaky Bay to Port Pirie to Renmark – this includes the Adelaide metropolitan area,” he said.

“The heaviest rainfall and strongest winds for Adelaide are likely to be from mid-afternoon through to the evening, including the afternoon commute, so drive to the conditions and stay safe.”

Meanwhile, SES chief of staff Trevor Arnold warned driving conditions may become dangerous.

“Beware of fallen trees or debris on the road and keep clear of fallen powerlines,” he said.

“We’re urging motorists to not drive, ride or walk through floodwater and keep clear of creeks and storm drains.”

Adelaide is expected to stay very chilly today with temperatures plunging as low as 8 degrees celsius, while in Sydney temperatures will range between 19C and 6C. However, those living in the country’s sunny state are missing most of the chilly weather, with temperatures in Brisbane predicted to stay up around 24C.

The extreme weather will also bring wind gusts of up to 90 km/h in South Australia and New South Wales.

BOM issued a statement to social media on Tuesday, warning: “One of the strongest cold fronts of the winter is forecast to sweep across southern #SouthAustralia tomorrow, reaching #Adelaide in the late afternoon and evening. Damaging wind gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected. Large waves will also build about exposed coasts.”

BOM has also issued a severe weather warning for Tasmania, saying: “Damaging N to NW winds, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 100 km/h are likely about northern, central and eastern parts of #Tasmania this evening, ahead of a cold front that will move to the east of Tasmania early Thursday.”

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