Summer snow as polar blast sweeps south-east

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It's a tale of two extremes on much of Australia's coastline this morning as Victoria and NSW brace for summer snow while Brisbane wakes to another day of a humidity-fuelled heatwave.

It's currently 11 degrees in Melbourne, but feels closer to just eight degrees, and today is set for a top of just 17 degrees.

There have been been flurries of summer snow over Victoria's alpine region, including Mount Baw Baw.

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That's an extremely unusual weather event for this time of year, having only happened about three times in February throughout the past 16 years.

The SES received 100 calls for help in Melbourne yesterday after the icy blast hit, with properties damaged and trees tipped over by the wind.

A pane of glass even fell from a high-rise on Chapel Street in South Yarra.

Weatherzone reported the chilly temperatures would continue through Australia's south-east today, with further snow flurries possible in the aptly-named Snowy Mountains in NSW.

Heatwave continues for Brisbane

It's a different story in Brisbane, where high humidity levels are driving a heatwave into the weekend.

Brisbane is expected to hit 36 degrees today, with Ipswich set for 38 and Springfield for 37.

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Humidity had already reached 94 per cent by dawn, and conditions are expected to persist through to Monday.

The energy grid is set for a big test as people turn up the air-conditioning. The Australian Energy Market Operator is expecting the peak to hit a record 10,400 megawatts today.

However, Queenslanders are being told the grid will stand the test.

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Source: 9News