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Winter has kicked off with snow and shivering subzero temperatures right across southeast Australia! Ski resorts saw plenty of fresh flakes with 30cm at Perisher, 20cm at Mt Buller and Falls Creek, and around 10cm at Mt Hotham. There were even flurries reported around Braidwood and Captains Flat near the ACT and low lying villages in Tasmania.
The wintry blast comes courtesy of a strong cold front that reached Tasmania Sunday morning and New South Wales on Monday, leaving bitterly cold air in its wake. Maximums have been struggling to reach the double digits, even in capitals cities yesterday with Melbourne reaching just 12.2 degrees, Hobart 8.9 degrees, Adelaide 13.9, Canberra 10.8 degrees and Sydney 15.9 degrees. It was Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart’s coldest day since last winter.
Sydney is having its coldest morning of the year with just 7 degrees in the city and -0.2 in Campbelltown. Maximums of 17-18 degrees will maintain the brisk weather until Friday. Melbourne is set to shiver in 13 degree days until Thursday while Canberra got down to a very frosty -7 degrees this morning, and will remain very cold until Thursday!
What about the rest of winter? With an El Nino pattern now official, winter overall is expected to bring above average day and night temperatures across most of eastern Australia and southwest Western Australia. Meanwhile, below average winter rainfall is expected right across eastern Australia, while above average rainfall is forecast for southern Western Australia.