Stubborn ‘conveyor belt’ of cold fronts blasts southeastern cities
A stubborn low pressure system over the Tasman Sea is driving a polar blast over the southeast of the country, bringing widespread showers and heavy dumps of snow in the alpine regions of NSW and Victoria.
A “conveyor belt of cold fronts” has rolled over the southeastern states since the end of May and will continue to keep temperatures bitterly cold and compounded by wet and windy conditions.
“This spell of wintry weather now looks likely to continue for at least another week,” Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said.
This Arctic blast is keeping temperatures several degrees below average for five of seven capital cities.
Brisbane temperatures have not dropped so low so early in winter for more than a century.
Adelaide will reach temperatures up to 3C below average at a low of 14C to 15C each day this week.
The maximum temperatures in Melbourne are forecast to reach just 11C to 13C all week.
Canberra will keep a steady minimum below freezing every day from Wednesday onwards.
Brisbane will only reach about 17C to 19C from Tuesday to the end of the week, with minimums of just 6C to 8C – temperatures not seen this early in winter in the city since 1904.
Severe weather warnings for damaging gale-force winds were issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Monday for alpine regions in NSW and Victoria.
However, they were eventually downgraded to wind gusts of 130km/h to 90km/h, excluding metropolitan Sydney.
Frequent rainfall is expected along the coasts and mountains of the southeastern states, with the heaviest falls in western Tasmania, southern and eastern Victoria and across the southern ranges in NSW.
Most of the main ski resorts will see more than 100cm of natural snowfall by the end of the week, as a powerful cold front surges through the regions.
The Victorian slopes experienced a large dumping of snow on Sunday thanks to temperatures just cold enough to create “cement-like soggy snow”.
When temperatures dropped even further overnight, a coating of fluffy powder snow blanketed the snow resorts, kicking off what is set to be one of the best snow season openings since 2000.
Meanwhile, parts of northern Australia are facing “record-challenging heat” for the month of June.
Temperatures have climbed to the mid-to-high 30s every day in the nation’s northern cities for the first week of the month.
In the Northern Territory town of Bradshaw, the temperature rose to 37.8C on Sunday – just a 10th of a degree shy of the national monthly record in the same town in 2016.
A cool southeasterly wind change arriving midweek will provide some long-awaited relief for the Top End and the Kimberley.
Originally published as Stubborn ‘conveyor belt’ of cold fronts blasts southeastern cities
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