Coldest start to winter in 80 years

An icy blast has brought the coldest start to winter in years for many of us living in the nation's south and eastern states - and it continues to bring snow and showers today.

Sky News Weather meteorologist Tom Saunders says Melbourne hasn't had a start to winter this cold in almost 80 years.

The city recorded it's lowest maximum June 1 temperature since 1943, reaching a top of just 11.2C on Monday.

Pictures from yesterday show thick snow blanketing the nation's alpine regions and Mr Saunders say falls have been recorded in towns as low as 800m.

Heavy snow has blanketed the Alps for the first day of Winter. Picture: Chris Hocking
Heavy snow has blanketed the Alps for the first day of Winter. Picture: Chris Hocking

 

A cold front has swept through the nation's south east. Picture: Chris Hocking
A cold front has swept through the nation's south east. Picture: Chris Hocking

"The snowfall is easing back and clearing today, restricting back to the alpine areas this afternoon," he said.

However as the cold front moves north, NSW is expected to be next in line to be hit with wild weather today.

"It's going to be a cold and wet second day of winter for the NSW coastline - much colder than the weather we were seeing yesterday," Mr Saunders said.

While conditions for south and eastern states will ease tomorrow, Mr Saunders says a high pressure system will bring widespread frost as temperatures dip overnight in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

That won't clear up until Sunday so, in short, it's going to feel very cold for residents in those state this weekend.

It was Victoria that bore the brunt of the icy blast yesterday - seeing heavy rain, severe winds, bone chilling temperatures and even some snow.

 

 

Ferny Creek in the Yarra Ranges recorded the biggest drenching in the state with 23mm, while Melbourne received about 10mm from Sunday to late Monday afternoon.

Much of the state was lashed with strong winds, particularly in Port Phillip Bay where St Kilda copped wind gusts of up to 83km/h.

The chilly start to June has been good news for the snow slopes. Up to 10cm of snow has already fallen at Mount Hotham with resort photographer Chris Hocking welcoming the first snowfall of winter.

"We woke up there to a fresh coating of snow and it has intensified as well. It is great scenes for the first day of winter," he told AAP.

Mt Buller notched a couple centimetres of snow since early Monday morning, raising optimism ahead of the season opener on June 22.

NSW is next to be hit with icy weather today. Picture: Windy
NSW is next to be hit with icy weather today. Picture: Windy

"We are delighted to have some snow and are working towards the 22nd of June, that is of course conditions permitting … with snow falling on the first day of winter that is wonderful to see," a spokeswoman told AAP on Monday.

The popular resorts are preparing for an influx of snow bunnies eager to hit the slopes when the season opens as virus restrictions ease.

The severe weather warnings in place for the state's southwest, central districts and parts of the Gippsland region have eased.

The rest of the week will be wet, however conditions will start to settle after Tuesday.

 

FORECAST FOR THE CAPITALS

Sydney: Today it will be windy with showers. Tops of 17C today and 19C tomorrow. Lows of 8C and 11C respectively.

Melbourne: There are possible showers brewing in Melbourne today. Tops of 15C today and 14C tomorrow. Lows of 8C and 10C respectively.

Brisbane: It's sunny in Brisbane today. Tops of 21C today and tomorrow. Lows of 13C and 9C respectively.

Adelaide: There's chance of showers. Tops of 16C today and tomorrow. Lows of 10C overnight.

Perth: It will be partly cloudy with light winds today. Tops of 22C today and tomorrow. Lows of 9C and 11C respectively.

Canberra: It will be frosty then sunny in Canberra today. Tops of 13C today and 14C tomorrow. Lows of 2C and 3C respectively.

Hobart: Late showers are brewing for Hobart today. Tops of 15C today and 12C tomorrow. Lows of 5C and 7C respectively.

Darwin: Sunny with light winds. Tops of 33C today and 31C tomorrow. Lows of 22C overnight.

 

With AAP

 

Originally published as Coldest start to winter in 80 years


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