| 11.05,18. 09:28 AM |
Wild wet weather lashes southeast bringing rain, floods and snow
Wild weather swept through Hobart, flooding the CBD while the city slept. Picture: Patrick GeeSource:News Corp Australia
AUTUMN has arrived with a bang in the country’s southeast, bringing wild weather, flooding and snow.
The special delivery straight from Antarctica has caused chaos across parts of the country.
Tasmania has been hit with flooding while damaging winds have sent temperatures plunging.
Heavy rains and flash floods sent cars floating down the streets in Hobart, forcing the closure of several roads, schools and the university.
The Tasmanian capital will hit a high of just 13C today with warnings the worst of the wild weather is far from over with further heavy winds and rain expected.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for most of the island, including Hobart and Launceston.
“We have a complex area of low pressure extending across the state, which will bring rainfall over the east, southeast,” bureau meteorologist David Matthews told AAP.
The wild weather has left more than 13,000 people without power with 137mm recorded at Mt Wellington, 107mm at Buckland and 95mm at Nugent.
Hobart recorded 128mm since 9am yesterday, the heaviest daily rainfall since 1960, according to ABC radio.
ABC Hobart-based reporter Edith Bevin tweeted that roads in the CBD remain closed and littered with flood debris.
Tasmania Police said major roads in the CBD were affected by floodwaters while power outages meant some traffic lights were not operating.
The State Emergency Service said flash flooding has occurred in Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Sandy Bay and the Hobart CBD.
Further north, the wild weather also lashed Victoria, while the ACT and NSW were also being battered by the big chill.
According to the BOM, Sydney can expect a top of 17C today, Orange can will reach a maximum of 6C and Perisher will hit a high of just 1C.
Sydney is due to be hit with two icy winter blasts.
The first polar blast will send a chill over the NSW capital today, with a second trough from the low pressure system moving through on Sunday when icy winds are forecast to strengthen to 90km/h.
Melbourne is due to cop a month’s worth of rain in three days making it the wettest period so far this year.
The 13C maximum for Melbourne will also be the coldest two days this early in autumn since 1978.
The Sunshine state will also cop the big chill, with temperatures in Brisbane dropping by about 7C across the weekend.
Brisbane is expected to be hit with the lowest temperature for this time of year since 2015.
Canberra is due to cop its coldest day in almost two decades.
Sky News Weather chief meteorologist Tom Saunders told news.com.au Canberra would hit a high of 9C today, which is the coldest May day in 18 years.
Mr Saunders said the entire southeast of Australia was being affected by a cold polar air mass moving through western Victoria.
“The cold air is causing temperatures to drop sharply, and is also leading to showers, hail and storms over much of southeast Australia,” he said.
Mr Saunders said the polar air was causing a low-pressure system to deepen near Tasmania.
“This low-pressure system will bring severe weather over the next few days,” he said.
Up to 40cm of snow is predicted to fall across the alpine regions until Sunday.