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It's Ridiculously Cold Outside And Bad News, It's Going To Get Worse

If you weren't already awake as you stepped out the of the house on Wednesday morning, the harsh 'hello' from the crispy-cold air would have done it. 

Yes, it's winter and it's supposed to be cold but it's particularly cold this Wednesday ... right?  Well, you've got one of the strongest cold fronts of the winter to thank for that.

Australians across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia chattered their way through an incredibly cool morning on Wednesday as a monster cold front swept the southern part of the nation.

Cold Front
The monster of a cold front sweeping Australia's southern states. Photo: earth.nullschool.net

The colder-than-pleasant weather is set to last right up to the weekend. See how your state is set to fare below.

South Australia

There's a severe weather warning in place for some coastal parts of south-eastern SA. Damaging winds are expected due to the strong cold front launching towards the state and temperatures will be lucky to climb above 17 degrees for the rest of the week.

Cold Front
The first cold front that will cross SA. Photo: Twitter/ BoM South Australia.

"One of the strongest cold fronts so far this winter will sweep across South Australia during Wednesday afternoon and evening. The front will bring damaging winds, squally showers and thunderstorms to much of the southern half of the State," the BoM weather warning reads.

Gale force winds averaging between 50 - 70 km/h (and could reach up to 90 km/h in some areas) are expected. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to couple with the winds as the damaging weather system passes the coast.

Warnings are in place for South Australian coastal areas as the mega cold front thunders through the Great Australian Bite. Strong wind warnings are also in place for Adelaide Metropolitan Waters, Far West Coast, Upper West Coast and Gulf St Vincent.

South Australia Weather
The warning areas for SA are coloured yellow. Photo: Twitter/ BoM South Australia

These warnings are already in place for Thursday as the adverse conditions are forecast to last for the next 24 hours.

Victoria

Victoria is set to be battered by damaging winds, but it should clear up for the central and eastern parts of the state by Thursday morning.

Winds of 60-70 km/h and up to 100 km/h in elevated areas will engulf the state on Wednesday and temperatures will average at just 14 degrees for the rest of the week.

Blizzards are also possible in alpine regions.

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"The front is forecast to move to the far east of Victoria by dawn on Thursday, then out to the Tasman Sea. Damaging winds are expected to gradually ease and contract to coastal parts following the passage of the front," the BoM Victoria warning reads.

Cold Front
The cold front approaching South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Photo: windy.com.

Locations which may be affected include Mildura, Swan Hill, Horsham, Bendigo, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Portland, Kyneton, Ballarat, Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek.

New South Wales

A severe weather warning was issued for NSW early on Wednesday morning, with damaging winds. "Vigorous" northwesterly winds are expected to develop on Wednesday morning ahead of the cold front that's expected to affect NSW on Thursday.

A second cold front is expected to thunder over most of the state on Friday or Saturday. Winds are forecast to ease slowly as Sunday ticks around.

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Most of NSW is forecast to have sunny weather for the week ahead, with some days climbing a balmy 19 degrees and lows of 13.

Damaging winds ranging from 80 km/h to a whopping 120 km/h in elevated regions will batter the state on Wednesday. Gusts of between 60-70km/h will continue into Thursday.

NSW Weather Warning
The double-whammy cold front set to hit NSW. Photo: Twitter/BoM NSW.

Strong wind warnings are also in place for coastal areas across the state including for Sydney Closed Waters, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast.

Blizzards are set to descend on alpine regions for areas at about 1700 metres.

"Locations which may be affected include Thredbo, Perisher, Nowra, Bowral, Batemans Bay, Braidwood, Moruya Heads, Goulburn, Katoomba, Lithgow and Cooma," the BoM warning reads. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au