With sub-zero temperatures in some parts of Australia and warnings of rain, hail and flooding, Australians are gearing up for a nationwide cold snap.
The Bureau of Meteorology told NCA NewsWire that so far this year Queensland’s average August temperatures have dropped between 4 and 8 degrees Celsius from the same period in 2021, with parts of the state down to -2 degrees Celsius. .
“Last year started much warmer than this year,” said meteorologist Livio Legano.
The Darling Downs and Granite Belt region remains the coldest region in the state, dropping to -2C on Monday morning as cool, dry air masses pushed north from southeast Queensland.
An 1800km blanket of frost stretching between Stanthorpe and the Far North is also expected to hit Queensland.
A cold wave that hit the country hit NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, bringing fog, rain and snow to some areas.
Widespread fog covered five states on Monday, issuing a weather warning to SA drivers.
A road weather warning was issued early Monday morning with reduced visibility and potentially dangerous driving conditions in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.
Meteorologist Dean Narramore said temperatures plunged to -1.4 degrees Celsius in Westmere, in southwestern Victoria, while temperatures elsewhere reached zero degrees Celsius.
“The high pressure system started working late last week, giving Victoria especially a chilly morning,” he said.
New South Wales and the ACT are gearing up for snow in their southern ranges as thunderstorms are possible on the slopes later this week.
A flood warning has been issued for the town of Gundagai in southern New South Wales, following record-breaking flooding of the Yas River into the Balingjac Dam.
Water discharge from the dam increased to 98,000 megalitres per day over the weekend after heavy rainfall in parts of the area.
Down south, Tasmanians are feeling colder-than-expected temperatures due to cold northwesterly winds hitting the state.
Hobart was sitting at 1.5 degrees on Monday morning, but the comfortable temperature dropped to -4 degrees.
Along with Adelaide, the state has also issued road weather warnings, urging drivers to drive into conditions after heavy fog.
Tasmania’s east coast could also experience minor flooding over the weekend and the Tasman Depression could form, bringing heavy rainfall.
Residents in Queensland, NSW, ACT, Victoria, SA and Tasmania are expected to experience milder weather from Wednesday morning onwards.
Weather: Aussie braces for cold snaps nationwide
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