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Big chill on the way

Graeme Brittain, Tuesday August 14, 2018 - 13:40 AEST

Another burst of frigid air is going to push across southeastern Australia this weekend and into early next week.

The frontal system responsible is due to arrive in SA and Victoria on Saturday, then NSW and Queensland through Sunday, with very cold air following in behind.

At this stage, models are suggesting that this system has the potential to produce even colder temperatures than what were experienced over the weekend just gone.

Unfortunately, the main front does not look to bring much in the way of rainfall to areas that need it the most.

Most of the precipitation will fall as showers behind the front later on Saturday and through Sunday. Most falls look to be much less than 10mm with many drought affected areas probably not seeing a drop.

Showers will tend to be of a wintry nature down perhaps the lowest elevations seen so far this season, which will be particularly noticeable over the tablelands districts of NSW.

Gusty winds will also feature, leading to a significant wind chill factor. The winds combined with the relative dryness of the airmass will cause the apparent temperature to plummet.

Cooler temperatures brought about by this system should be felt all the way up to the northern districts of Queensland.

Places such as Atherton, Townsville and Bundaberg could see maximum and minimum temperatures some three-to-six degrees below average by early next week.

- Weatherzone

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