Hills hoist clothes line suffering in the Snowy mountain chill. Picture: Reddit/Noideawhatjusthappen
Hills hoist clothes line suffering in the Snowy mountain chill. Picture: Reddit/Noideawhatjusthappen

This is one image that's sure to give you the chills

JUST in case you've spent every day since early June locked indoors sitting beneath an air conditioner at full pelt, here's proof this winter is absolutely freezing - at least in some parts of Australia.

A Reddit user has uploaded an image showing a Hills hoist covered with icicles.

The picture is said to have been taken on Thursday in Cooma, southern NSW.

The Snowy Mountains town is regularly one of the coldest in Australia. In Cooma the mercury sunk to a bitter -5.2C on Thursday and -8.9C on Wednesday morning. With the wind chill factored in, it felt even colder early on Wednesday at -13C.

As well as us humans, the fish aren't faring well in winter either. Last week, a fishery in Victoria warned its stocks of Barramundi were in danger of freezing due to the cold temperatures, reported Sky News.

The fish, which are native to the warm waters of Australia's far north, were "under stress" in the cooler water down south.

It's not just ice but rain too. Adelaide residents unlucky enough to be out in the city on Thursday night were hit by downpours with just shy of 10mm falling at Heathfield.

The deep freeze will continue this weekend as a series of cold fronts barrels across the country's south east bringing unstable conditions and huge drops in temperature.

Sydney could see its coldest morning in almost two years on Sunday. Hobart and Melbourne will be colder still.

But the really bitter weather will be felt in places such as Orange, in the NSW Central West, is set to dive to -6C on Sunday while the mercury in Canberra is expected to sink to as low as -7C.

The wind chill factor could shave as much as 10C off temperatures so even if it's above freezing, it might feel Arctic.

"A band of rain will traverse over Victoria on Friday, making for a soggy morning in Melbourne. For most of central Victoria, we will see 5-10mm, but the higher grounds will see 15mm or so," said Sky News Weather meteorologist Tristan Meyers.

Preceding the front, strong winds of 45km/h can be expected in South Australia and Victoria. Melbourne Airport recorded a gust of 80km/h on Thursday morning, its fiercest for five months.

"Southeast South Australia, including Adelaide, will bear the brunt of the temperature drops.

"Adelaide will have a 4-5C degree temperature drop between Thursday and Friday. Wind chill will also be the most significant here - feeling 3-4C cooler than the temperature suggests," Mr Meyers told news.com.au.

In Hobart, overnight temperatures will halve between Friday and Saturday to just 3C and in Sydney they will sink by 4C between Saturday and Sunday mornings to 5C.

"Sydney's forecast of 5C is the coldest since August 2015," he said.

The cold front should also bring snow flurries to the ski resorts with a dumping of 5-10cm in the Alps. On Wednesday morning, Perisher dipped to -11.4C.

"High pressure will then build, bringing a brief return to calmer weather, and widespread frost across the southeast on Sunday morning," said Mr Meyers.

THE COLDEST DAYS AROUND THE CAPITALS THIS WEEKEND

Sydney - Sunday, low of 5C

Don't be fooled by the low of 9C on Saturday - by Sunday the Harbour City will be shivering through a 5C start to the day.

However, when the sun comes out it will warm up with highs of between 16-17C. Friday will even reach a balmy 21C.

Melbourne - Sunday, low of 4C

There's a likelihood of showers all weekend long in Melbourne. It'll be scarf weather with below average highs of 13C and a low of 4C on Sunday morning.

Hobart - Saturday, a low of 3C

One of the coldest places to be this weekend with a high of just 11C on Saturday, a full four degrees below average for July. It'll struggle to get much above freezing on both Saturday and Sunday morning at just 3C. The only bright spot is the rain will ease as the weened progresses.

Canberra - Sunday, low of -7C

During August, Canberra's can usually expect lows of at least 1C. Not so on Sunday morning when the thermometer will go into free fall levelling off around -7C. It'll make Saturday's coldest point of -1C seem positively tropical. Expect highs of 10-11C and rain at times.

Adelaide - Saturday, low of 6C

The first major city in the firing line of the front, Adelaideans should bring an umbrella this weekend with showers expected. A low of 6C will be felt both weekend mornings but Saturday will struggle to get above 11C making it the chilliest day.

Perth - Friday, low of 6C

OK, so Friday's not strictly the weekend but it'll certainly be the coldest day in WA even though all the cold front drama is further east. A low of 6C on Friday morning is still worth wrapping up warm for, but it'll be much more manageable on Saturday and Sunday climbing to 10-11C in the wee hours. Highs of between 18-20C is bang on average. A few showers.

Brisbane - Friday, low of 10C

North of the front, Queensland is pretty much spot on for this time of year. The low on Friday is as cold as it will get with an above average high of 24C on Saturday, which is more like September than August. A bit of cloud cover but the sun will peek through at times.

News Corp Australia


Search for missing Queensland swimmer suspended

Search for missing Queensland swimmer suspended

Emergency services have not been able to find the missing swimmer

Coffs Tri almost at capacity

Coffs Tri almost at capacity

Flood of last minute entries expected over the next few days.

Assorted sporting stars swing by Bonville Golf Resort

Assorted sporting stars swing by Bonville Golf Resort

Deputy Premier tees off with stars on eve of big Bonville event

Local Partners