On the eastern part of the Australian coast, winter aura prevailed – frost tightened and snow fell. Some New South Wales schools have closed due to severe weather conditions.
On Wednesday, June 1, people in certain regions of New South Wales woke up in a truly winter wonderland. Snow fell there and it turned white. The cities of Blayney, Bathurst, Oberon and west of Lithgow have experienced a sharp drop in temperature.
– It’s fantastic and magical. It was worth coming here from Sydney, Julie Gunner said. “We came here just to see the snow,” added the Sydney resident. The woman took a three-hour trip west to the town of Oberon to see the snow falling.
Over the past few days, a wave of frost has hit Australia’s east coast and brought strong gusts of wind. Australia’s national meteorological service, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), reported that the temperature dropped from Tuesday to Wednesday night to 1 degree Celsius in the city of Orange and to around 1.5 degrees C in Bathurst. Meteorologist Helen Reid from BOM said that strong winds intensify the feeling of cold. She added that conditions are expected to improve by Friday.
Due to severe weather conditions, some schools in New South Wales have been closed and state officials have responded to over 1,000 reports.
Heavy snowfall has brought Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales a week earlier than expected on Saturday 4 June.
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