Forecast issued at 4:30 pm EST on Saturday 30 August 2014.
A complex low pressure system lies over the central Tasman Sea, while a high over New Zealand extends a ridge into southeast Australia. The low is expected to remain over the Tasman Sea today, although gradually shift towards New Zealand. A cold front from the Southern Ocean is forecast to move across the state early next week.
Forecast for the rest of Saturday
Areas of drizzle about the coast and adjacent ranges between about Batemans Bay and Taree. Fine elsewhere. Southerly winds near the coast, fresh in the north, tending light and variable inland. Dangerous surf conditions along the central and northern coast, contracting northwards tonight.
Sunday 31 August
Isolated morning showers along the coast from the Illawarra to the lower Mid North coast, more scattered near Port Stephens. Early fog patches inland, and local frost on the tablelands. Fine and mostly sunny elsewhere. Southwest to northwesterly winds, with afternoon seabreezes developing along the coast.
Monday 1 September
Rain developing across the southwest, extending to central districts and the southeast in the evening. Snow developing on the alps above about 1500 metres in the evening. Local frost on the tablelands. Early fog patches, mainly in coastal districts. Fine and partly cloudy elsewhere. North to northwesterly winds, ahead of a southwesterly change in the west.
Tuesday 2 September
Rain in the east, contracting further east during the day but persisting as showers over the east in the afternoon. Showers falling as snow on the southern ranges above about 1000 metres, and possibly about the higher peaks of the central ranges. Fine and partly cloudy in the west. Northwesterly winds in the northeast of the state, tending southwesterly behind the change. Southwesterly winds tending strong and gusty near southern and central parts of the coast.
Wednesday 3 September
Isolated showers about the coast and adjacent ranges south from about Port Macquarie and over the southern ranges, with snow above about 900 metres at first. Fine elsewhere. Southwest to southerly winds, fresh to strong along the coast.
The next routine forecast will be issued at 4:30 am EST Sunday.