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Sydney feeling no warmer than 10C this afternoon

Yoska Hernandez, Saturday May 18, 2024 - 12:56 AEST

During the week, we've highlighted the wintry blast expected to impact the southeast this weekend, as detailed here and here. A vigorous cold front and a powerful southerly surge moving along the NSW coast are bringing a markedly cold Saturday.

Significant wind gusts exceeding 80 km/h were observed this morning as the southerly surge moved up the NSW coast. Notable gusts included approximately 83 km/h in Sydney Harbour, the strongest since October last year, 91 km/h at Port Botany, and a whopping 100 km/h at Wattamolla, the strongest wind gust since October 2022. This sets the stage for the rest of the day, with wintry southerly winds persisting along the coast and nearby inland into the afternoon and evening. 

Temperatures today in the Sydney Metropolitan area and central eastern/southern NSW will hover around the mid-teens (Fig. 1). However, brisk winds will make it feel much colder, with parts of Sydney Metropolitan expected to feel no warmer than 10°C for most of the remainder of the day, particularly along the coastal fringe and nearby inland where the winds are strongest. This makes today the coldest day in terms of apparent temperature or “feels-like” since last winter.

Fig. 1. 2m temperatures at 12:30pm AEST in locations across central eastern NSW.

Showers will clear and winds will gradually become drier overnight in Sydney on Sunday, leading to a cooler morning and a sunny but fresh afternoon to conclude the weekend. However, don't let your guard down, as another southerly surge on Monday 20th will bring back gusty southerly winds, showers, and chilly days persisting into mid-week, reminding us that winter is on the doorstep.

- Weatherzone

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