An unexpected Antarctic blast has hit Australia’s east coast just two weeks before summer causing record-breaking temperatures and even snow.
endured their coldest four-day stretch in 167 years of records with temperatures stubbornly remaining below 15.5C from Friday to Monday.
Tasmanians similarly shivered through their coldest November morning in 68 years on Monday as temperatures dropped to just 2.9 degrees.
Weatherzone meteorologist Joel Pippard said it had ‘certainly been quite a cold one’.
Flurries of snow fell across Hobart, Mount Wellington (pictured) and Cygnet during the unusual late-season cold front that hit Australia’s southeast
The Hotham Ski Resort (pictured) in the Victorian Alps was blanketed with 20cm of snow
The weatherman said it was uncommon to see a cold front with this kind of strength in late spring and compared the temperatures to those usually seen in winter.
‘This has been brought on by a substantial cold front that met up with low pressure troughs and systems that were over Central Australia at the time,’ he explained.
Victoria’s coldest four-day stretch in 167 years
The meteorologist said cold air pushed from Antarctica to the southeast of Australia could be blamed for the unusually icy temperatures.
In Tasmania, bewildered residents rushed to capture the flurries of snow seen falling across Hobart, Mount Wellington and Cygnet.
One man uploaded footage from his balcony of snow covering southern Tasmania with the caption: ‘Snowing in Cygnet. Far out.’
Mr Pippard said snow had been recorded down to elevations of 350 metres with anything above that receiving hail or showers.
He said Mount Wellington had its coldest November morning in 58 years on Monday, as the Antarctic blast saw temperatures fall to -5.8C.
One video of the snow captured an adorable wombat plowing through the late spring snow on a roadside in Hobart.
On top of the record-breaking string of frosty days in Victoria, the cold snap also saw snow fall across Mount Hotham.
On top of the record-breaking string of frosty days in Victoria, the cold snap also saw snow fall across Mount Hotham (pictured, snow at the Hotham Alpine Resort)
A thick layer of 20cm of snow covered the ski village during the storm (pictured) leaving long icicles hanging off the rafters of buildings
The Hotham Alpine Resort, nestled in the Victorian Alps, uploaded extraordinary footage of the thick snow blanketing the mountains.
’10cm and counting! Is it mid-November or mid-winter? It’s set to keep snowing all night!,’ the resort captioned a Facebook post on Sunday.
A layer of 20cm of snow covered the ski village during the storm leaving long icicles hanging off the rafters of buildings.
Similar scenes were seen at the Thredbo Ski Resort in the NSW Snowy Mountains, with locals reporting 20cm of snow up high and 10cm in lower elevations.
On Monday morning, the Thredbo top station recorded temperatures of -4.3C with gusts of wind approaching 100km/h.
The apparent temperature – what it feels to be outside while factoring in wind speed, humidity and air temperature – was recorded at -20.1C.
Weatherzone reported a mass of cold air has been driven over Australia’s southeast over the last few days by a strong low pressure system (pictured)
In Perisher, near the NSW town of Jindabyne in the state’s southwest, 30cm of fresh snow was reported during a storm on Monday (pictured, Perisher Ski Resort covered in snow)
Weatherzone recorded temperatures in Perisher Valley of -2C with winds of 80km/h and an apparent temperature of -13C (pictured, Perisher Ski Resort during a snow storm)
In Perisher, near the NSW town of Jindabyne in the state’s southwest, 30cm of fresh snow was reported during a storm on Monday.
Weatherzone recorded temperatures in Perisher Valley of -2C with winds of 80km/h and an apparent temperature of -13C.
BOM meteorologist Sarah Scully told Daily Mail Australia it was unusual to get snow to such low levels but it ‘definitely wasn’t unheard of’.
Ms Scully said as the country transitioned from winter to summer there was big differences in temperature in the inland areas and the south of Australia.
‘We’re expecting it to gradually warm from Wednesday to Thursday as northwesterly winds push across southern Australia,’ she said.
Canberra has also been lashed with seasonly low temperatures and has recorded its coldest spell in 99 years of records.
The capital city recorded temperatures no warmer than 14C for the last three days.
Melburnians endured their coldest four-day stretch in 167 years of records with temperatures stubbornly remaining below 15.5C from Friday to Monday (pictured, a woman in Melbourne)
In Tasmania, bewildered residents rushed to capture the flurries of snow seen falling across Hobart (pictured), Mount Wellington and Cygnet
Those in Brisbane have been basking in the spring sunshine with a 30C start to the week due to dip to 26C on Wednesday and Thursday.
Sydneysiders have remained relatively unaffected by the cold snap with the state recording a 23C day on Monday and Friday due to reach a balmy 28C.
In southern NSW, snow has fallen as low as 800 metres with a major flood warning issued for the Lachlan River at Forbes, CottonsWeir and Jemalong.
The Bureau of Meteorology reported the water levels peaked on Monday evening at at a level higher than those recorded during the floods in 2016.
Thousands of residents in the state’s central west are waiting anxiously for news to retreat as experts predict major flood levels will peak on Wednesday.
The SES has issued an evacuation order for residents in low-lying areas of Forbes, urging homeowners to leave the area by 9:30pm on Tuesday night.
Mr Pippard said Tuesday was forecast to be the final day of the unusual cold snap with ‘warming happening’ during the second half of the week.
In Perisher, located in the Kosciuszko National Park in NSW, woke on Tuesday morning to spectacular blues skies as the weather starts to warm in the second half of the week
The meteorologist said there was still a lot of warmth in Western Australia which would soon be carried to the southeast this month or early December.
He said current predictions tipped summer temperatures to be slightly below average in NSW but above average in Adelaide, Victoria and Hobart and coastal Queensland.
Mr Pippard said these predictions would translate to a couple of consecutive days of temperatures in the high 20’s and early 30’s.
A high pressure system hovering over the Tasman Sea combined with northerly winds in that area is due to drag warmth from Central Australia to the east.
The strong winds that have lashed Tasmania, Victoria and southern NSW are forecast to ease from Monday with the southeast to remain cool and mainly dry.
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Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 27
Thursday: Shower or two. Min 14 – Max 25
Friday: Shower or two. Min 14 – Max 23
Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 12 – Max 26
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Min 14 – Max 25
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 11 – Max 26
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 19 – Max 28
Friday: Shower or two. Min 14 – Max 23
Saturday: Showers. Min 15 – Max 22
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 12 – Max 19
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 – Max 21
Thursday: Showers increasing. Min 13 – Max 25
Friday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 18
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 and Max 18
Sunday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 19
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 7 – Max 18
Thursday: Showers developing. Min 9 – Max 17
Friday: Possible morning shower. Min 9 – Max 17
Saturday: Possible shower. Min 8 – Max 17
Sunday: Showers increasing. Min 11 – Max 17
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 4 – Max 19
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 6 – Max 23
Friday: Possible shower. Min 12 – Max 23
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 11 – Max 22
Sunday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 22
Wednesday: Possible shower. Min 18 – Max 26
Thursday: Partly cloudy. Min 18 – Max 27
Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 29
Saturday: Partly cloudy. Min 19 – Max 31
Sunday: Shower or two. Min 21 – Max 32
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Min 14 – Max 22
Thursday: Mostly sunny. Min 14- Max 26
Friday: Possible shower. Min 18 – Max 30
Saturday: Shower or two. Min 18 – Max 24
Sunday: Showers. Min 19 – Max 26
Wednesday: Sunny. Min 26 – Max 37
Thursday: Showers with possible late storm. Min 27 – Max 36
Friday: Showers with a possible storm. Min 27 – Max 36
Saturday: Shower or two with a possible storm. Min 27 – Max 36
Sunday: Showers or two with a possible storm. Min 27 – Max 36
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