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Cold snap for southern states as NSW fire season kicks off

As the school holidays kick off, the southeast of Australia is bracing for a spring cold snap, but it comes as the first fire warning of the season has been issued for NSW.

A front and trough are bringing wintry winds and showers to southeastern South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and NSW.

Showers are developing into snow on the alps and troughs are generating showers and storms over the northern NT and Queensland.

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A trough swinging over southwest WA is bringing gusty winds and showers.

Here's the weather across Australia on Friday, September 25, 2020.

THE NATIONAL FORECAST

NSW and ACT

Sunny, cool-to-mild in the northeast. Showers and storms, cool-to-cold in the southeast. Snow on the Alps. Showers and storms, cold in the southwest. Windy, cool-to-mild in the northwest.

Warm, dry and windy conditions ahead of a cold front will bring very high fire danger to the Far North Coast today — see details here.

Sydney will be windy with showers, with a low of 11C and top of 25C.

Canberra will be cold with showers today, with a low of 2C and top of 10C.

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There's a warning to sheep graziers in Mid North Coast, Hunter, Northern Tablelands, Illawarra, South Coast, Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, North West Slopes & Plains, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Riverina, Lower Western, Snowy Mountains and Australian Capital Territory forecast districts.

Cold temperatures, rain and showers and westerly winds are expected today. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

Victoria

Showers and storms, cold right across the state. Snow on the Alps.

It's rainy in Melbourne today, with a low of 8 and top of 12.

There's a warning to sheep graziers in Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland forecast districts.

Cold temperatures, rain and showers and fresh northwest to southwesterly winds are expected today. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

South Australia

Showers and storms, cold-to-very cold in the southeast and central. Mostly sunny, cool-to-cold in the west. Windy with showers, cold in the north.

Adelaide has showers easing today, with a low of 7 and top of 14.

There's a warning for sheep graziers in Mount Lofty Ranges, West Coast, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Flinders, Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East, Lower South East, North West Pastoral and North East Pastoral forecast districts.

Cold to very cold conditions, showers, small hail, possible thunderstorms and fresh to strong west to southwesterly winds are expected today. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

Tasmania

Showers and storms, cold in the south. Windy and snow on the highlands. Showers and storms, cold in the north.

Hobart has a late shower coming, with a low of 5 and top of 14.

There's a strong wind warning for the Far North West Coast and Central West Coast.

Queensland

Sunny, mild-to-warm in the southeast. Mostly sunny, warm in the northeast. Sunny, warm in the northwest. Windy, cool-to-cold in the southwest.

Brisbane will be mostly sunny, with a low of 15 and top of 30.

There's a strong wind warning for Sunshine Coast Waters, Moreton Bay and Gold Coast Waters.

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Western Australia

Showers, cool-to-mild in the southwest. Mostly sunny, cool-to-cold in the south. Sunny, warm in the northwest. Mostly sunny, very warm in the northeast.

Perth may have a thunderstorm on the way, along with a low of 14 and top of 23.

There's a severe weather warning for damaging winds for parts of Lower West and South West districts.

A trough moving south over central parts of the South West Land Division combined with a strong ridge of high pressure in the Bight has caused gusty conditions over the Darling Scarp and the foothills overnight

Locations which may be affected include Dwellingup, Kalamunda, Mundaring and Donnybrook.

This weather is not typical for this time of the year and winds may cause damage to property and make road conditions hazardous.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services advises that people should:

  • If outside find safe shelter away from trees, power lines, storm water drains and streams.
  • Close your curtains and blinds, and stay inside away from windows.
  • Unplug electrical appliances and do not use land line telephones if there is lightning.
  • If boating, swimming or surfing leave the water.
  • Be alert and watch for hazards on the road such as fallen power lines and loose debris.
  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways.
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris.
  • Be careful of fallen power lines. They are dangerous and should always be treated as live.
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage.
  • If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs.
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.

Northern Territory

Showers/storms, very warm in the NW Top End. Fog then sunny, mild-to-warm in Arnhem. Mostly sunny, mild-to-warm over the interior and south.

Darwin may also have a thunderstorm on the way, with a low of 24 and top of 33.

– With The Bureau of Meteorology and Weatherzone

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/weather-forecast-nsw-high-fire-danger-wa-damaging-winds-australia/08eabbad-e96a-416a-b152-4edc81f22802

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