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Coldest day in a CENTURY Australia’s east coast shivers through the chilliest May day in 98 years

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Coldest day in a CENTURY: Parts of Australia’s east coast shiver through the briskest May day in 98 years and it won’t be much warmer today – so how chilly will it be where you are?

  • Brisbane experienced coldest May day since 1922 on Friday at top of 15 degrees 
  • A cold snap has swept over much of the country due to multiple cold fronts 
  • Weather to continue with chilly temperatures forecast a week out from winter 

Brisbane has endured its coldest May day in a century with the mercury hitting 15C at about 1pm on Friday – and the chilly snap is here to stay.

Including wind chill the apparent temperature was even colder – dropping to 10C at 3pm, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. 

The cold snap wasn’t just confined to the north with New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia also experiencing an icy weekend courtesy of cold fronts sweeping over the states. 

Brisbane has endured its coldest May day in a century with the mercury hitting just 15C at about 1pm on Friday – and the chilly snap is here to stay 

Queensland MP Anika Wells took the cold weather with humour saying residents should get out their rarely used winter jackets

Queensland MP Anika Wells took the cold weather with humour saying residents should get out their rarely used winter jackets 

Multiple cold fronts are causing a cold snap across large swathes of the country

Multiple cold fronts are causing a cold snap across large swathes of the country 

Snow is seen scattered across a playground at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, NSW this week

Snow is seen scattered across a playground at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park, NSW this week 

Australians have been warned to brace for continuing cold weather as the week progresses and we head into winter, with most major cities forecast with maximums of 20C or lower on Sunday. 

The cold fronts also mean the wet weather will continue with large areas of the country forecast to experience overcast conditions and showers. 

In New South Wales the cold fronts brought wind, rain and even snow in some places such as the Blue Mountains and Bathurst.  

On Saturday in Sydney, a severe weather warning was issued as massive waves battered many of the city’s surfing beaches, including Bondi. 

BoM issued a warning about heavy rain and vigorous winds in NSW earlier this week

BoM issued a warning about heavy rain and vigorous winds in NSW earlier this week 

Pictured: Snow is seen falling in Yetholme, east of Bathurst on Thursday night

Pictured: Snow is seen falling in Yetholme, east of Bathurst on Thursday night

A layer of cold dry air, rain and thick cloud cover is causing the unseasonal weather.

‘That acts kind of like an evaporative air conditioner,’ meteorologist Lauren Pattie said on Friday.  

Ms Pattie also said the cool weather is expected to persist into next week, with frost possible in some areas from Sunday. 

Her Bureau colleague, meteorologist Rosa Hoff agreed, saying the cold weather would continue into Sunday.  

Brisbane is forecast to drop to just 9C overnight, before warming up to a top of 21C by midday, she said. 

The last time Brisbane hit a top of 15C like on Saturday was in 1922 – with other regional centres also breaking decades-long records. 

A person watches the large surf off Ben Buckler Point in Bondi on May 22

A person watches the large surf off Ben Buckler Point in Bondi on May 22 

Longreach and Charleville in the state’s mid-west had their lowest May maximum temperatures in 50 years at 14.6C and 13.2C respectively.  

Sydney on Saturday reached a maximum of 17C but the apparent temperature was lower, factoring in wind chill and the overcast conditions. 

There will be more cold weather in Sydney on Sunday with a minimum of 12C and a maximum of 20C forecast along with showers. 

Meanwhile, Melbourne residents will need to rug up with the city set for a maximum of just 16C on Sunday and similar temperatures forecast for the rest of the week. 

In Western Australia, ex-category one tropical cyclone Mangga brought rain and gusty winds to Cocos Keeling Islands, off the state’s northwest coast. 

The remains of the system are expected to combine with a cold front to the south creating wind gusts of up to 100km/h along the whole of the west coast. 

And Canberra will see the mercury plunge to an overnight temperature of 4C on Sunday and then rise to just 14C during the day. 

The cold weather also caused the Bureau of Meteorology to issue a warning to graziers in regional areas to keep an eye on their flocks with frosts expected in some places. 

Pictured: Snow falls in the Blue Mountains on Thursday night

Pictured: Snow falls in the Blue Mountains on Thursday night

BoM said other regional areas in QLD also experienced record low temperatures on Friday

BoM said other regional areas in QLD also experienced record low temperatures on Friday 

THE WEATHER IN YOUR CITY 

SYDNEY   

SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Showers.

MONDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers.

TUESDAY: Min 13. Max 20. Showers.

WEDNESDAY: Min 13. Max 21. Cloudy.

THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 20. Sunny.

BRISBANE   

SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Cloudy.

MONDAY:  Min 11. Max 24. Sunny. 

TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 24. Sunny.

WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 24. Sunny.

THURSDAY: Min 13. Max 25. Sunny

ADELAIDE   

SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 17. Cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 5. Max 15. Cloudy.

TUESDAY: Min 7. Max 17. Cloudy.

WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Showers.

THURSDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Cloudy.

CANBERRA   

SUNDAY: Min 4. Max 15. Cloudy.

MONDAY: Min 3 Max 15. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 4. Max 15. Cloudy.

WEDNESDAY: Min 3. Max 15. Cloudy.

THURSDAY: Min 2. Max 15. Cloudy.

MELBOURNE   

SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Showers.

MONDAY: Min 7. Max 15. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 6. Max 17. Sunny

WEDNESDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Cloudy

THURSDAY: Min 8. Max 17. Showers 

PERTH   

SUNDAY: Min 14. Max 21. Showers.

MONDAY: Min 11 Max 19. Showers. 

TUESDAY: Min 9. Max 18. Showers.

WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 20. Showers.

THURSDAY: Min 11. Max 21. Showers. 

HOBART   

SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 13. Showers

MONDAY: Min 6. Max 12. Cloudy. 

TUESDAY: Min 4. Max 14. Cloudy.

WEDNESDAY: Min 5. Max 16. Cloudy.

THURSDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Cloudy.

DARWIN   

SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Sunny. 

MONDAY: Min 19. Max 29. Sunny 

TUESDAY: Min 18. Max 30. Sunny,

WEDNESDAY: Min 21. Max 31. Sunny.

THURSDAY: Min 21. Max 32. Sunny.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology 

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