Australia's Having A Properly Cold Weekend As Temperatures Plummet
Ah, Australia. Tropical rainforests, stretches of scorching desert, sunny beaches - right?
Well, actually, no - it has four distinct seasons, and one of those is winter. Contrary to popular belief, Australian winters can be pretty brutal.
This weekend, the East Coast has been shivering through sub-zero temperatures and icy spells.
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(via IG/wanderlust73 in #Canberra) #seeaustralia pic.twitter.com/lOqlOVPq79
- Australia (@Australia) July 14, 2018
In Sydney itself, where most people picture half-naked bodies sprawled on Bondi Beach, temperatures have dropped right down to 0.9 degrees celsius. It didn't creep up above 1 degree celsius until after 8am.
That recording came from Penrith, which is admittedly quite far in land towards the Blue Mountains.
Sydney Airport recorded 4.5 degrees celsius, and it only made it to 5.1 degrees at Observatory Hill.
The area was hit with strong westerly wind of 24 kilometres per hour, which brought the temperatures down so low.
Canberra always turns into an ice cube every winter, so it's not surprising that they've recorded the lowest temperature in eastern Australia. They've reported it got to -4.8 degrees celsius, which still didn't creep above freezing point after the sun came out.
Sunday is stunning... sunshine, blue sky, snowmaking galore, trails of groomed. See you out there. pic.twitter.com/jMdH77Vt7E
- Thredbo (@ThredboResort) July 14, 2018
Residents in the capital city woke up to fields covered in frost and frozen taps outside.
Some of the temperatures recorded are the lowest since 2010 - Camden, which is south west from Sydney, got to -4.3 degrees celsius overnight.
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While most people think of the inner mass of Australia as being a hot desert, that's not always true.
There are ski resorts in south-west New South Wales, getting on towards Melbourne. One of these is Thredbo, which is only meant to hit a maximum of 1 degree celsius all weekend.
It was certainly cold enough for a morning frost in Hawkesbury. Pictures were taken by a 7 News viewer of ice from the top layer of their bird bath this morning. Tomorrow is looking like the coldest morning we've seen so far this season. @AngieAsimus #7News pic.twitter.com/NmuxMHz9AB
- 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) July 14, 2018
Jake Phillips, senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, told the Daily Mail Australia: "Just about the whole state is cooler than average for this time of year. In some parts of the state it can be five or six degrees below average.
"And it's going to get even colder, with a lot of places set to be six or even eight degrees below average for their minimum temperatures over the weekend."
Even Queensland, which barely bothers with seasons, has been feeling the chill - Brisbane's got right down to five degrees celsius.
The current frosty conditions are a result of a dry air mass moving across Eastern Australia 'clearing out skies and allowing heat to escape at night', 9 News reported.
The cold snap's meant to continue until Tuesday or Wednesday.
Blankets out, everyone.
Featured Image Credit: 7 News
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