WEATHER forecasters Higgins Storm Chasers are predicting snow could hit parts of Tasmania this week while other states in Australia swelter.
The group says a strong cold front will cross Tasmania late on Wednesday, bringing with it potentially Damaging winds from the north west then west south west.
"Overnight Wednesday a large mass of sub zero Antarctic air heads towards the state which should arrive in the very early hours of Thursday morning," the storm chasers have written on their website.
"Snow falls of up to 10cm are likely to occur on the highest elevations with snow falling down to 500 meters. Showers with sleet could fall below 500 meters during the early morning and late evening.
"The best rainfall totals are forecast through the western half of the state with up to 50mm and much lighter across the east due to a rain shadow being cast from the mountains. Hobart and Launceston will struggle to climb above 14c during Thursday."
Meanwhile the weather watchers say the northern half of Australia will bake with temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees celsius.
The Bureau of Meteorology is likewise predicting " warm to hot conditions" to persist for interior and south-east Queensland in the days ahead.
According to the BoM, the Sunshine Coast is set to hit a maximum of 32 degrees celcuis on Thursday, Ipswich 37, Brisbane 33 and Toowoomba 34.