Australia Antarctic blast to punish Australia with freezing temperatures, snow and 90km/h winds as destructive thunderstorms batter the south east

04:35  14 june  2018
04:35  14 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Antarctic blast to punish Australia with freezing temperatures , snow and 90 km / h winds as destructive thunderstorms batter the south east . Adelaide is bracing for destructive 90 km / h gale-forced winds on Thursday.

An Antarctic blast is set to sweep across south - eastern Australia bringing with it the coldest temperatures in two years and 90 km / h gale-forced winds . 2/3 SLIDES © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited.

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An Antarctic blast is set to sweep across south-eastern Australia bringing with it the coldest temperatures in two years and 90km/h gale-forced winds.

Adelaide is bracing for wild weather this afternoon that could potentially have enough force to bring down trees and powerlines.

Weatherzone meteorologist Craig McIntosh said a 'vigorous cold front' in the South Australian capital was likely to coincide with destructive thunderstorms. 

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Antarctic blast to punish Australia with freezing temperatures , snow and 90 km / h winds as destructive thunderstorms batter the south east . An Antarctic blast

Antarctic blast to punish Australia with freezing temperatures , snow and 90 km / h winds as destructive thunderstorms batter the south east .

'Storms can create their own damaging wind gusts,' he told Daily Mail Australia today.

'Just generally, damaging wind gusts with this cold front could reach around the 90km mark for Adelaide today.'

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Mr McIntosh said a polar air mass from Antarctica was likely to cause temperatures to plummet below zero this weekend in Victoria, Tasmania and the New South Wales central west.

'As a result, you'll see many temperatures quite below average, some of them could have their coldest days in a couple of years,' he said.

'Due to the precipitation involved, coming through with the fronts, and those very cold temperatures, snow is likely to fall all the way to the Central Tablelands of NSW.'

Temperatures at Orange and Bathurst, in the NSW central west, are forecast to fall to minus 1C on Sunday, which will coincide with snow.

'Orange is going to be very chilly,' Mr McIntosh said.

'It could be up to 7 degrees colder than average for the daytime maximum and there could be a centimetre or two of snow on the ground.'

Lithgow, Australia's coldest city on average, is set to experience zero degree temperatures on Sunday but is less likely to see snowfalls.

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