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Australia shivers through four straight nights below -5C – with temperatures on the east coast plummeting to ten-year lows (and there’s torrential rain forecast for Wednesday)

  • Parts of country has shivered through four days of freezing temperatures of -5C 
  • Heavy dumps of rain will hit the parts of Queensland and NSW from Wednesday
  • Highlands expected to be dusted in thickest layer of snow for season at weekend

Parts of the country have shivered through record low temperatures with icy conditions and torrential rain expected to continue.

Australia's Capital Territory experienced 10-year lows as they froze through four consecutive days below -5C.

Southern parts of the ACT dropped to -6C in the last week, making it the coldest stretch of June days in a decade.

 

Australia's Capital Territory (pictured) experienced 10-year lows as they froze through four consecutive days below -5C 

Australia's Capital Territory (pictured) experienced 10-year lows as they froze through four consecutive days below -5C 

As the giant freeze sweeps Canberra, torrential rain will batter much of Queensland until the end of the week

As the giant freeze sweeps Canberra, torrential rain will batter much of Queensland until the end of the week

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) meteorologist Jim Richardson told Daily Mail Australia much of the sunshine state could expect up 50mml (pictured in blue) until Wednesday

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) meteorologist Jim Richardson told Celebrity Rave Australia much of the sunshine state could expect up 50mml (pictured in blue) until Wednesday

Weatherzone meterologist Tom Hough said the 'light winds' created the low temperatures which felt more like -8C, according to Sydney Morning Herald. 

As the giant freeze sweeps Canberra, torrential rain will batter much of Queensland until the end of the week.

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) meteorologist Jim Richardson told Celebrity Rave Australia much of the sunshine state could expect up to 50mml until Wednesday.

'It's coming from an upper trough in the west … showers are expected far south-west in Queensland today and will extend to parts of the central interior and southern central regions,' Mr Richardson said.

'It will move west and clear from the west on Wednesday … we'll see totals of around eight to 30mml possible and a bit more if you're under a storm.'

Brisbane is in the firing line for massive dumps of rain from today as is Coolangatta, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast until it clears up towards the end of the week.

In the New South Wales highlands, Perisher and Thredbo (pictured) will get their biggest snow falls this season from Friday through to Sunday with up to 10 centimetres expected

In the New South Wales highlands, Perisher and Thredbo (pictured) will get their biggest snow falls this season from Friday through to Sunday with up to 10 centimetres expected

'The upper trough in the main rain band clears off shore on Thursday, there will still be a little bit of patchy rain lingering through the central and southern districts,' Mr Richardson said.

The sunshine state has also experienced lower than average temperatures for June with an overnight low of -1.3C at St George Airport, more than five hours west of Brisbane, this morning.

In the New South Wales highlands, Perisher and Thredbo will get their biggest snow falls this season from Friday through to Sunday with up to 10 centimetres expected.

Northern NSW will also be drenched with heavy rain as the district may see about 40mml from Wednesday.

Northern NSW will also be drenched with heavy rain as the district could see about 40mml from Wednesday

Northern NSW will also be drenched with heavy rain as the district could see about 40mml from Wednesday

The state will freeze through the weekend with colder temperatures than the same time last year.  

Sydney will drop to 6C, compared to 7.6C last year, closely behind the coldest June weekend of 5.4C, while the city's west woke to -1.4C Monday morning.     

While it's wet across most of the country, Melbourne is expected to escape the wet weather for a few days until later in the week.

Parts of Victoria may see up to 10mml on Friday and into the weekend.

THE WEEK AHEAD IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY    

TUESDAY: Min 7, Max 17

WEDNESDAY: Min 9, Max 17

THURSDAY: Min 11, Max 17 

CANBERRA     

TUESDAY: Min -3, Max 13

WEDNESDAY: Min -1, Max 13 

THURSDAY: Min 3, Max 12  

PERTH    

TUESDAY: Min 8, Max 20

WEDNESDAY: Min 11, Max 19 

THURSDAY: Min 7, Max 17

BRISBANE     

TUESDAY: Min 13, Max 21

WEDNESDAY: Min 13, Max 19 

THURSDAY: Min 12, Max 22  

MELBOURNE     

TUESDAY: Min 4, Max 14

WEDNESDAY: Min 4, Max 13 

THURSDAY: Min 4, Max 14 

ADELAIDE    

TUESDAY: Min 5, Max 14

WEDNESDAY: Min 3, Max 14 

THURSDAY: Min 4, Max 14

HOBART    

TUESDAY: Min 5, Max 14

WEDNESDAY: Min 5, Max 13

THURSDAY: Min 3, Max 13 

DARWIN   

TUESDAY: Min 20, Max 32

WEDNESDAY: Min 21, Max 32

THURSDAY: Min 20, Max 32 

 Source: Bureau of Meterology

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