The record-breaking Polar blast currently battering Australia’s southeast has brought widespread early snow across parts of Victoria, NSW and Tasmania — with the nation’s biggest ski resorts set to cash in by opening at least a week early.
Victoria’s Mount Buller is already under 13.8 inches (35 cm) of snow after days of blizzard conditions, and the resort village will open on Saturday instead of its original scheduled date of June 10.
Mount Hotham, also in Victoria, is experiencing “amazing” early-season totals of 25.6 inches (65 cm), along with well-below average temperatures of -7C (19.4F):
And over the border in NSW, Perisher will open on Friday after three days of blizzards buried the resort under more than 23.6 inches (60 cm) of powder.
“Since early Monday morning, we have experienced extreme blizzard conditions and this continues to deliver the good stuff across the resort,” Perisher spokesman Joss McAlpin said.
The resort is reported to be enjoying it’s best early opening conditions in decades, with further heavy flurries forecast over the coming days.
In addition to the snow, the polar blast is also bringing record-cold temperatures to the southeast.
Ballarat, a city located on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, just suffered its nippiest May day in 22 years, when the mercury didn’t rise above 5.7C (42.2F).
And in nearby Melbourne, residents shivered through their coldest day in the month of May in almost 20 years on Wednesday, when a high of just 10C (50F) was recorded. Furthermore, the frigid conditions took another life, when a ute slid on a thick layer of hail in Oakleigh, in Melbourne’s south-east, killing a man.
Worse to Come
The polar blast isn’t expected to be contained to just the southeast for much longer.
The front will drive northwards through Thursday, May 30, engulfing much of the continent by day’s end. And there it’ll hold into at least the first week of June, with latest GFS runs revealing the conditions will take an even colder turn from June 03 to June 06:
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (C) JUNE 03 to JUNE 06
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (C) JUNE 05
The cold times are returning, as our star enters its next Grand Solar Minimum cycle.
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