Cold snap set to thaw

After an unpredictable week of weather involving bushfires, strong winds and snow, Tasmania is set for a scorcher this weekend.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the slight chill that surprised many Northern Tasmanians on Monday and Tuesday should start to ease before the temperature jumps later this week.

Duty forecaster Anna Forrest said temperatures had been a bit under average early this week, with some snow falling in parts of the state on Monday and Tuesday night.

``But I wouldn't say that's unusual - pick a day, any day, and I'm pretty sure it's snowing somewhere in Tasmania . . . and it's only the very beginning of summer,'' Ms Forrest said.

However, Tasmanians should start to see some warm Christmas weather this weekend, with the bureau expecting the temperature to rise noticeably on Saturday.

``We've got a high pressure system crossing over and sitting on the Tasman on Friday, and on Saturday we have got some hot northerly winds coming over, so it should get pretty warm,'' Ms Forrest said.

She said Launceston was expected to reach a high of 27 degrees on Saturday, while Hobart would hit 30 degrees, Devonport 23 degrees and St Helens 24 degrees.

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