Although winter has not yet arrived on the calendar, temperatures in many parts of Australia are dropping below normal levels for this time of year. A new intense cold front swept across southeast Australia on Sunday, bringing heavy showers, strong winds and snow on the mountains.
According to meteorologists, even worse weather is coming during this week.
Wind gusts of as much as 137 kilometers per hour were recorded in Tasmania on Monday morning, which is the strongest since the beginning of this year. Similar winds reached the areas of Victoria and New South Wales. There was also heavy rain in parts of Victoria and Tasmania, with storm warnings coming across the south-east.
A high pressure system over the southeastern states is likely to drop temperatures during the week, bringing cool mornings to Victoria and parts of New South Wales and South Australia. Snow is expected at higher altitudes – including the Australian Alps, Perisher and regions of Tasmania.
On Monday morning, temperatures dropped to seven degrees in Hobart, Melbourne and even Sydney, while Canberra recorded minus two overnight. Colder mornings and nights are expected to continue, accompanied by frost.
Forecasters have warned that the icy polar air could spread to the southern reaches of Queensland, which normally rarely happens.
The later part of this week, as well as next week, will bring even lower temperatures. Strong winds, precipitation and snow are expected in the southeast.
Surfers, anglers and boaters are being warned that gale-force winds could cause very large and powerful waves along the NSW coast. Parts of the coast in the Illawarra, Sydney and Hunter regions will be particularly affected.
Source: Vesti online by www.vesti-online.com.
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