Australia is bracing for a weekend of wild weather with torrential downpours, cyclones and fearsome waves predicted for huge swatches of the country.
Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia are wrapping up for a cold weekend, after enduring two consecutive cold fronts.
Meanwhile, Western Australia is bracing for the fiercest autumn weather in years as the remnants of a tropical cyclone collide with a cold front.
It is set to whip up damaging winds, heavy rain and massive waves from Sunday onwards.
A severe weather warning is in place in NSW, with remarkable pictures showing brave surfers tackling huge swells on Saturday.
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Huge swells were seen at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on Saturday (pictured) as the east coast experienced another weekend of wet and wild weather
Western Australia is bracing for the wildest autumn weather in years as the remnants of a tropical cyclone (pictured) collide with a cold front to whip up damaging winds
Crowds of onlookers gathered to watch them tackle the monster waves at Bondi Beach, with similar scenes at Manly.
Damaging surf is expected in Metropolitan, Illawarra and South Coast regions, with dangerous winds in Wollongong, Bulli, Port Kembla, Kiama, Huskisson and Ulladulla.
Rain is expected to continue pouring all weekend across Sydney with a maximum temperature of just 17C and a minimum of 10C.
Ex-category one tropical cyclone Mangga brought rain and gusty winds to Cocos Keeling Islands, off WA’s northwest coast, overnight.
The remains of the system are expected to combine with a cold front to the south, creating dangerous weather, with wind gusts up to 100 km/h possible for nearly the whole of the west coast.
Surfers on Saturday at Bondi Beach (pictured) are seen tackling monster waves as high winds continued to battle the east coast
A severe weather warning was issued for Western Australia this weekend (pictured) with heavy rainfall, destructive wind and an abnormally high tide forecast
Strong and squally winds will hit the state’s north on Sunday morning, then move south to Perth and Albany in the afternoon and evening.
Peak gusts of about 130km/h are possible, the Bureau of Meteorology says, and could prove destructive to homes and property.
‘By late Sunday night, the worst of the weather is expected over the southwest of the state,’ the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Heavy rain could lead to flash flooding from Kalbarri to Onslow on Sunday.
Peak wave heights in excess of eight metres are predicted for the southwest coast on Monday, causing significant beach erosion.
A woman watches as a huge wave crashed against rocks in Bondi on Friday (pictured) as the high winds continued
Surfers are seen tackling the huge waves on Saturday (pictured) as surf warnings were issued for NSW
‘This is a rare event for WA due to the extent of the area affected and the possibility of multiple areas of dangerous weather,’ the BoM said.
‘A similar event to this one occurred in June 2012, which led to over 600 calls for assistance and over 170,000 homes losing power.’
People are urged to prepare their properties, and ensure pets and animals are in a safe area.
Queenslanders are set to shiver as a wet pre-winter cold snap brings record-breaking chilly weather to much of the state.
Cool dry air, rainfall and thick cloud blanketing the interior and central coast means temperatures may plummet from Saturday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.
Crowds gathered at Ben Buckler Point in Bondi on Friday (pictured) to watch the huge waves
Snow is seen scattered across a playground at Blackheath Soldiers Memorial Park on Friday (pictured)
‘It could see cooler daytime maximum temperatures up to 10 to 12 degrees below average across large parts of the state,’ meteorologist Shane Kennedy said on Thursday.
‘Temperature records may be broken.’
The cool weather is expected to persist into next week, with frost possible in the southern tropics on Sunday or Monday.
Victoria is also having an icy weekend, with Melbourne enduring lows of 9C omn Saturday today and 10C on Sunday, with a chance of rain on both days.
Snow falls in the Blue Mountains on Thursday night (pictured) as Australia experienced two cold weather fronts consecutively
Rain is forecast across the state including in Carins, Townsville, and Mackay and Rockhampton.
Even South Australia has suffered a relative cold front, with maximum temperatures of 16C in Adelaide this weekend.
Even the Northern Territory is experiencing below average temperatures, with wind and rain forecast.
Darwin is seeing lows of 19C and highs of 26C, while in Alice Springs, the temperatures could drop as low as 1C.
Hobart is also forecast to see lots of rain and cloud, with temperatures between 13C and 16C on Saturday.
THREE DAY WEATHER FORECAST
SATURDAY: Min 11. Max 19. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Showers.
MONDAY: Min 13. Max 18. Showers.
SATURDAY: Min 12. Max 20. Cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 21. Sunny.
MONDAY: Min 11. Max 24. Sunny.
SATURDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 17. Partly cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 1. Max 14. Possible shower.
SUNDAY: Min 4. Max 15. Cloudy.
MONDAY: Min 3. Max 13. Cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 9. Max 15. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 16. Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 7. Max 15. Cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 11. Max 26. Sunny
SUNDAY: Min 14. Max 21. Showers.
MONDAY: Min 11. Max 18. Windy.
SATURDAY: Min 9. Max 14. Showers.
SUNDAY: Min 9. Max 13. Shower or two.
MONDAY: Min 6. Max 12. Cloudy.
SATURDAY: Min 19. Max 28. Partly cloudy.
SUNDAY: Min 19. Max 30. Mostly sunny.
MONDAY: Min 18. Max 30. Sunny.
Source: Bureau of Meteorology
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