Summer snow, wild winds in Tasmania

Summer snow has dusted the peak of Hobart's Mt Wellington as Tasmania braces for several days of rain, cold temperatures and high winds.

Snow is expected to fall to as low as 600 metres in the state's centre and west on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Police have warned bushwalkers in alpine areas to be prepared after the recent rescues of hikers who got stuck in freezing weather.

"This is another reminder to (be prepared) in an effort to avoid preventable rescues and further risk to life," Inspector Darren Hopkins said.

Several groups of hikers had to be rescued last month, including two adults and a baby who spent a night shivering on the popular Overland Track.

A severe weather warning is in place for much of the island state, with winds to average 60km/h and gusts to peak at 100km/h.

Hobart's forecast maximum is in the teens for the rest of the week, before temperatures rise to the low 20s at the weekend.

Showers are forecast across Tasmania on Tuesday, with the heaviest falls of up to 30mm expected in the south and southwest.