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Antarctic blast to bring cold weather, rain and snow to south-eastern Australia | Australia weather

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Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart will kiss goodbye to the sunshine this weekend when a “polar blast” of icy air will send temperatures plummeting on Sunday, bringing rain, snow and even hail in some regions.

Jonathan How, a meteorologist at the Bureau of Meteorology, said a cold front expected for Friday would be followed by a second front on Saturday, created by a “polar blast” moving north from the Antarctic.

Together they will deliver what may the coldest day of the year so far.

“This is looking to be the last hurrah of the warm season and the summer,” How said. “The first cold front is a garden-variety cold front. The next one is the leading edge of this air mass moving north from the Southern Ocean. It’s a low pressure…



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