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Wild Winds, Huge Seas To Batter Sydney And Melbourne

There are just 10 days till spring, but winter's not done yet. Not by a long stretch.

A strong cold front will cross south-east Australia tonight, with the Bureau of Meteorology issuing numerous warnings for Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

Melbourne will have a top of just 13 degrees on Thursday, after the front rips through on Wednesday night bringing strong squally winds, particularly to bayside suburbs.

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Sydney is also in the firing line. While it won't drop too much temperature-wise -- registering a top of 20 degrees on Thursday and 19 degrees on Friday -- the harbour city will cop strong winds up to 60 km/h on Thursday afternoon, and the surf on the coastal fringe will be absolutely huge.

Waves of up to eight metres are expected, and the Bureau has warned that hazardous conditions are expected for rock fishing, boating and swimming along the Macquarie, Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden coasts.

Damaging winds are also expected over much of Tasmania.

Down in the snowfields, further snow is expected with up to 30 centimetres tipped to fall in the higher ski resorts.

The good news is that conditions are set to moderate towards the weekend. Melbourne will warm up to 17 degrees by Friday, while Sydney will warm up to a sunny 24 by Saturday.

Oh, but don't let us tell you that so blandly. Better to let the Bureau of Meteorology in Victoria do it by poetry.

Ant Sharwood is 10 daily's sports editor, but also has a keen interest in winter weather systems as a lifelong skier and mountain enthusiast.