After enjoying a sunny weekend, Sydneysiders woke up in shock on Monday as the temperature dropped to a low of 8 degrees, heralding an early start to winter with damaging winds and low temperatures settling should last all week.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for the state, with winds of up to 40 mph expected Monday afternoon and for the next three days.
Winds are expected to engulf the state, with temperature drops predicted for most of NSW – including Sydney, Camden, Bathurst and Orange – only to worsen on Monday evening.
A severe weather warning is also in place for Lord Howe Island, where residents are advised to prepare for damaging surf conditions caused by the wind.
Sydney can expect increasingly wet and windy conditions to last through the week as the wind shifts from west to east. The gusty winds could be joined by a thunderstorm Monday evening which could be severe if the winds reach their forecast speed of 35 to 50 km / h.
Central and Alpine regions of the state are expected to drop to -2 degrees, while Sydneysiders can expect lows of 7 degrees on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The office expects Tuesday and Wednesday to be the coldest days of the week, with temperatures expected to climb slightly by the weekend.
Due to a stubborn La Niña, a negative dipole emerging from the Indian Ocean and warmer than average waters, a wetter than average winter is expected on Australia’s east coast.