Cold weather in eastern Australia has brought snow, high winds and flooding rains to several states. The bad weather is the result of an Antarctic cold snap from the Southern Ocean, prompting severe weather warnings in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland.
In Victoria, wind gusts of about 80 km/h and low temperatures caused a snowstorm at Mount Buller on Monday, June 7, and temperatures throughout the state dropped below 10 °C. East of Adelaide, heavy hail sprinkled the roads on Mount Lofty Ridge.
A powerful cold front originating in Antarctica is expected to create a cut-off low pressure system over NSW that will gradually move east and cause rain, snow and even hail in Victoria, NSW and southern Queensland.
“Winter has already arrived,” meteorologist Jonathon Howe said Tuesday.
“Wet, cold weather with lots of hail and showers is expected in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania today.”
“Wednesday and Thursday (June 9 and 10) will be the coldest for Sydney. 14 on Thursday and 12 in Western Sydney,” he continued.
The cold front will bring powerful winds to South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria, with gusts of up to 100 km/h possible in some areas.
Temperatures are expected to be below freezing in many areas in the south and southeast for at least two days this week, starting in South Australia and then spreading north and east on Wednesday and Thursday.
Snow will also fall over ridges and plateaus in central and northern New South Wales, and light snow is also possible in southern Queensland.
“Snow storms are possible in the Granite Belt tomorrow and Thursday, with frosty nights for many Queenslanders.”