Mr Dutschke said Orange’s current unpredictable weather was comparable with most of NSW and the fault of more intense cold fronts bringing abrupt cold changes.
“The reason it’s so up and down is because the cold fronts have become really intense, especially in the early part of spring. It means we’ve seen a lot of severe fire damage days, more so than in a normal September or October,” he said.
“This type of weather is not unprecedented, but we haven’t had wind like this since 2005 and 2002. It’s not just in NSW it’s also in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.”
Mr Dutschke predicted more “peculiar” weather in the next couple of days before things started to settle by next week.
“We have a colder change coming in two fronts, one this morning and one on Thursday that will drop the temperature by around six degrees,” he said.
“After those two cold fronts the fluctuations will diminish and it should be the last of the stronger cold systems, meaning more stabilised weather.”
Mr Dutschke anticipated the possibility of frosts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday before possible rain next week.
“There is the potential for frosts later this week, but going into early next week the chance of frosts will ease and the potential for rain will improve dramatically,” he said.