Sydney Weather: Blizzard Conditions in the Alps, High Winds for Sydney
Hold on, there’s going to be wild Sydney weather over the next few days as blizzard like conditions hit west of Sydney and high winds and swells batter the coast.
A trough associated with a Tasman Low will surge up the NSW coast today and tomorrow, bringing strong to gale-force southerly winds, high seas and much colder conditions. Blizzards may develop about the Alps later today and Tuesday.
The BOM of NSW is issuing several severe weather warnings over the coming days.
Video: Cold trough moves over SE Australia
High winds and damaging conditions for NSW and Sydney.
DAMAGING WINDS averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are expected to develop in the far southeast from late Monday, then extend north during Tuesday, affecting the central parts of the coast including the Sydney Metro during Tuesday morning, and the rest of the warning area in the north by the early afternoon. Areas most affected by the damaging winds will be the coastal fringes and the higher parts of the ranges. Wind gusts across the Alpine peaks may reach 125 km/h late Monday and early Tuesday. Winds then are expected to gradually ease from the south during Tuesday afternoon.
HEAVY SURF, with significant wave heights in excess of 5 metres in the surf zone, may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion along the south coast from late Monday, and extend further north during Tuesday. People should stay well away from the surf and exposed areas. South facing beaches will be the most affected.
A combination of gale force winds and snowfalls may lead to blizzard conditions across Alpine areas from Monday evening into Tuesday morning.
Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of rain, mostly in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning with the risk of heavy falls. Winds westerly 15 to 25 km/h turning south to southwesterly 45 to 65 km/h during the morning, reaching 60 to 80 km/h about the coast, then becoming southwesterly 30 to 50 km/h in the late evening.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, swimming and surfing.
Hazardous Surf Warning for:
Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast
Airlines flying in and out of Sydney are urging passengers to check updates, as the high winds may lead to delays and cancellations.
NSW Police Force, Marine Area Command advise that:
- People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
- Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
- Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
- Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a lifejacket.
- Boaters should remember to log on with their local Marine Rescue radio base, via VHF Radio or the Marine Rescue APP, and consider their safety management plan.
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