Melbourne records coldest day of 2021, cold front hits southeast

Popular ski resorts have been transformed into a winter wonderland as parts of eastern Australia quiver on the coldest day of the year.

Ten centimeters of snow fell in Perisher Valley overnight, after the resort had received 15cm the previous days, about a month earlier than the first average powder of the season.

Snow showers are expected to continue throughout the weekend, with temperatures expected to drop to -7 ° C on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, heavy rains, high winds and hail hit parts of Victoria overnight, with the state poised to shake on its coldest day of the year.

Melbourne is expected to hit a cold high of 13C on Saturday with more rain and strong winds expected throughout the day.

It is the coldest day on record in 2021, according to Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ilana Cherny.

“It is a very cold, wintry morning and many people in Melbourne would have woken up (to) the sound of showers, hail and storms as we had a fairly vigorous cold front over the state,” Ms Cherny said on Saturday.

At 1 p.m., the temperature in Melbourne was freezing 11.6 ° C.

The cold front is expected to last the rest of the weekend, but conditions will improve next Monday, Ms Cherny said.

The central, western and coastal districts have suffered the worst of the wild weather, but it is expected to pass in East Gippsland on Saturday afternoon.

About 7.4mm of rain fell at the Olympic Park just outside Melbourne, but in the city’s northeast suburb there was up to 16mm of rain.

Wilson Headland recorded the state’s heaviest rainfall overnight with 34mm falling in the national park.

In most Australian countries, temperatures were about two to eight degrees cooler than average, according to senior meteorologist Dean Narramore.

“Almost every country in Western Australia experiences below average temperatures,” Narramore said.

Even Sydney did not escape the cold conditions with a maximum temperature of just 18 ° C on Saturday.

But tomorrow there would be widespread frosts across NSW in the morning, Mr Narramore said.

“Temperatures are going to drop below zero just from the Queensland border to the Victorian border,” he said.

The cold, icy mornings are expected to continue through Monday and Canberra is expected to reach a freezing temperature of -4C overnight, the meteorologist said.

Tasmania has suffered the worst of the winter blast and is only expected to reach 11 ° C on Saturday with snowfall at 500m.

Temperatures in Queensland are also below average, but stayed between the 1920s.

South Australia is only expected to peak at 17 ° C, but it has been spared the cold.

“Seems like it’s winter in the east, but it’s almost like spring or the start of fall with the heat continuing in WA,” Mr. Narramore said.

They are expected to reach a mild 27 ° C on Sunday.

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