Coldest start to winter as temperatures drop to -7C in NSW before rain hits

Wild winds, a huge 'rain bomb' and dumps of snow are forecast to linger for the next week across the country as Australians prepare for a freezing start to winter.

Many shivered through the morning as they woke to temperatures of -7C in parts of New South Wales and -5.6C in Victoria on a particularly icy first day of the season.

While torrential downpour and strong gale force winds are expected to hit parts of NSW over the coming week, snow is expected to fall in the state's alpine regions.

Wild winds, huge rain bombs and downpours of snow will be dumped across the country as Australians prepare for a freezing start to winter (Melbourne pictured)

Wild winds, huge rain bombs and downpours of snow will be dumped across the country as Australians prepare for a freezing start to winter (Melbourne pictured)

Many shivered through the morning as they woke to temperatures of -7C in parts of New South Wales and -5.6C in Victoria (pictured) proving the chilly season had made it's mark

Many shivered through the morning as they woke to temperatures of -7C in parts of New South Wales and -5.6C in Victoria (pictured) proving the chilly season had made it's mark

Bureau of Meterology meteorologist Rose Barr told Daily Mail Australia it was 'a little cooler than usual' in western parts of NSW with rain showers widely expected

Bureau of Meterology meteorologist Rose Barr told Daily Mail Australia it was 'a little cooler than usual' in western parts of NSW with rain showers widely expected

Coastal showers are expected across NSW (pictured) along with showers in East Gippsland region of Victoria

Coastal showers are expected across NSW (pictured) along with showers in East Gippsland region of Victoria

Bureau of Meterology meteorologist Rose Barr told Daily Mail Australia it was 'a little cooler than usual' in western parts of the state with rain showers widely expected. 

'Showers are largely coastal, a few stations on the eastern side of Great Dividing Range saw one millimetre but more significant falls are confined to the coast,' Ms Barr said Friday.

The meteorologist confirmed that a wet weekend was expected, with showers set to continue across Friday through to Sunday.

The heavy rainfall is expected to set in until it begins to ease up towards the end of next week.

Parts of the Northern Ranges woke to a freezing low of -7C while further south, many in Victoria shivered through lows of -5.6C at Mt

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