GALLERY: Four seasons in one week

Newcastle weather forecast 

Hunter weather forecast

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A week is a long time in weather.

Those brave enough to battle the wind and swell on the Nobbys breakwall at 12.30pm yesterday were battling a temperature of just over 10 degrees celsuis - and that’s before the wind chill factor came into it.

Exactly a week earlier, they would have been basking in the glorious 35 degree heatwave which shon on the Hunter.

‘‘That is pretty extreme but not unheard of,’’ Weatherwatch’s Don White said.

‘‘If it is going to happen, it usually will happen in October or November.’’

A good blanket of snow greeted the Barrington Tops as the cold air, which had travelled from above the Great Australian Bight and were meant to stop at the snowfields, curved a bit further north and took in parts of the Hunter.

Barrington Tops resident Helen Marmone, who lives on Tomala Road, said it was the first time in several years they had experienced a spring snowfall.

Mrs Marmone said the temperature had dropped to zero, with a wind chill factor of -7.8 degrees, about 2pm.

The snow began to fall about 11.30am.

Mr White said the wind should have abated overnight, although the Hunter could continue to experience colder-than-normal conditions until about Tuesday.

Large swells would continue to attract surfers across the weekend, although there was warnings for rock fishermen to steer clear until the waves abate.

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