Temperatures are below average across much of the country as Australia experiences one of its harshest cold winters in a decade.
Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe said after a string of “consistently” warmer winters this year interrupted the trend.
Northern Australian cities, including Darwin and Far North Queensland, experience temperatures at least 3 degrees below average.
“It is very cold all over the country this month. July is likely to be colder than usual, something we haven’t seen since 2012 as winters have consistently been warmer than average,” Sky News meteorologist Rob Sharpe said.
In the south-east of Australia, especially in Tasmania, snow fell, and frost intensified. late minimum temperatures elsewhere in the country to below-average rates.
Where -2.2C feels like -4.7C
Despite its nickname, the “Sunshine State,” temperatures in parts of the state dropped 9 degrees from Monday to Tuesday.
By 6 am Tuesday, the coldest place in the state was the town of Applethorpe in the Queensland Granite Belt. Bulletin of the Gold Coast reports. Temperatures dropped from Monday’s low of 7°C to -2.2°C, but the actual temperature was closer to -4.7°C.
While Mr Sharpe says it is “unlikely that heavy rain will cause any flooding”, he said the rain was “quite amazing” as it still rains so much.
Parts of northern New South Wales and Queensland are forecast to receive 100mm of rain, but most areas will see around 50mm of rain over eight days.
“Some venues, like McKay, will come close to their July record by the end of this event,” Mr. Sharp said.
Showers are likely to be a “daily occurrence” for New South Wales from at least Tuesday to Sunday. Wednesday will be the coldest day in the city with a low of 10C and a high of 16. Temperatures will rise throughout the rest of the week and will peak on Saturday with a low of 13C and a high of 18.
Brisbane currently expects clear or partly cloudy skies on Tuesday, with a 60% chance of rain on Wednesday. By Thursday and Friday, it is estimated that there will be a very high (95 percent) chance of showers with a total rainfall of 15 to 20 mm forecast for Friday.
Temperatures in the city are expected to range from 12 to 13 degrees Celsius and from 17 to 19 degrees Celsius.
Storm warning issued for the southeast
Meanwhile, residents of Tasmania, Victoria and parts of New South Wales are likely to experience their coldest mornings this year.
“Heavy frosts are expected on the maps, and in many places Wednesday and Thursday will turn out to be the coldest mornings in recent years. And in some places – maybe Melbourne, maybe Hobart – we could see the coldest morning in years, ”Sharp said.
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe frost warning for northern Victoria and the northeast of the state. A frost warning has also been issued for Mally, Wimmer, North Central, Central, West and South Gippsland and East Gippsland counties.
The BOM warned that Tuesday was “the first in a string of very cold mornings across the state” with temperatures reaching -4C and 1C Tuesday through Thursday.
“The day is likely to be clear with light winds and plenty of sunshine,” they said.
In Melbourne from Tuesday to Thursday temperatures will drop to 1°C and to a maximum of 12°C, 13°C and 15°C. On Friday, it will get a little warmer, from 4 to 17 degrees is predicted.
While the Tasmanian capital Hobart has slightly cooler temperatures, the southern state will follow a similar pattern. From Tuesday to Thursday maximum temperatures are expected to be between 11C and 12C, with a minimum of 1C. By Friday, the weather range will rise from 2 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Originally published as Cold snap hits Australia, Victoria and Tasmania with frost threat, coldest morning in years