Freezing start to summer as heavy snow blankets Australian Alps

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Unseasonal snow marked the first day of summer in parts of the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales on December 1, 2019. On the following day, as much as 30 cm (12 inches) of snow fell in many parts of Victoria, blanketing the alps. 

Falls Creek and the Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria, and the Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales experienced major snow on Monday.

“We have had over 25 cm (10 inches) of snow overnight, and it is still going, we did think about reopening, but we thought we might leave this one to the locals, to get the last turns in for 2019,” said Grace Smith, a resident from Falls Creek.

Temperatures plummeted to -3° C (26.6 °F) overnight from Mount Hotham to Mount Buller. It was freezing overall around the state as a strong cold front passes Australia’s southeast area.

In Melbourne, the temperature was 14 °C (57.2 °F), making it the coldest day since October 2019.

21 °C (69.8 °F) was registered in Sydney, just a little colder than average. Adelaide was also experiencing a colder than usual December.

“Higher elevations of Tasmania could experience flurries,” reports said. “Mt Wellington could see snowfall in summer this week with lows of -4 °C (24.8 °F).

Meanwhile, in Perth, a contrasting warm temperature of 35 °C (95 °F) was registered in the same period.

Featured image credit: @_hotham/Twitter

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