Last night turned out to be the coldest November night in 68 years recorded in Tasmania – Australia’s smallest state. In Hobart, the temperature was only 2.9 degrees Celsius. In some places, up to 30 centimeters of snow fell.
It is now late spring in Australia. Soon, when winter begins in the northern hemisphere, inhabitants of the southern parts of the globe will be able to enjoy summer. All the more surprising is the intense snowfall that occurred on Monday in the Australian state of Tasmania.
The coldest November night
In the state capital of Hobart, last night was the coldest November recorded since 1953, according to the Australian Meteorology Bureau (BOM). According to the data, the nighttime temperature dropped to 2.9 degrees Celsius. About 30 centimeters of snow fell in the Western and Central Plateau regions.
– The smallest rainfall would occur in the southern part of Tasmania. Meanwhile, due to the elevations of the Central Plateau and some ranges in western Tasmania, more snow has fallen there because they are much higher above sea level, said Luke Johnston of BOM. According to Johnston, the winter weather is a consequence of the influx of cold air from Antarctica.
The weather is expected to improve soon
Police urged drivers from across the state to drive with “extreme caution,” especially in areas with snow or ice.
According to forecasts, the rainfall will gradually withdraw already on Monday. The next hours are to bring some rain. After that, the weather is expected to improve – there is no great chance of rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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