Hail fell across eastern Australia on Monday, turning lawns in several towns white. The storm was part of a larger system that had been moving over the country since Christmas Eve, bringing with it downpours and strong winds.
In Australia, “white Christmas” is a rarity – in December it is summer in the southern hemisphere, and instead of snow there is rainfall. This year, however, the weather surprised the residents of the cities of Grenfell and Orange in the state of New South Wales.
Huge hail and record downpours
As reported by local media, storm The hailstorm broke out around 2 p.m. local time. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said it had received reports of hailstones with a diameter exceeding 5 centimeters. Photos of hail the size of golf balls and lawns covered in white appeared on social media.
On Christmas Eve, a zone of storms with heavy rainfall moved over eastern Australia. The downpours were particularly violent in Victoria – in Donnelly they were even record-breaking, as 90.2 liters of rain per square meter in one day had never been recorded there before. Some cities were flooded.
In Queensland, power outages affected 57,000 homes during the storms. The power outages continued until 4 p.m. on Monday, with more than 1,100 customers still without power.
Main photo source: Reuters/Peter Strong AM