Australia’s southeast is at the forefront of an Antarctic blast which is set to sweep the entire continent by week’s end — warnings of widespread snow and icy conditions have been issued.
On Monday, May 27, Canberra — located at the northern end of the Australian Capital Territory — recorded its coldest May day since 2000, struggling to a maximum high of just 9.1C (48.4F).
Severe wintry weather is currently blasting all of Australia’s southeast, with the cold front predicted to push steadily north over the next few days engulfing the majority of the continent by Thurs, May 30.
Australia’s ski resorts have already received their first major snowfall for the year — two weeks ahead of schedule — with more to come.
Perisher received an extra 7.9 inches (20 cm) of snowfall overnight Monday, bringing its total to 15.75 inches (40 cm), while Thredbo’s total is currently 7.9 inches (20 cm) and counting.
At least 9.8 inches (25 cm) of powder has fallen in Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria, with another 11.8 inches (30 cm) forecast to fall over the coming days.
This could be Australia’s best May snow event in more than 40 years:
And Aussie mountains are expecting their earliest snow base in 18 years.
Even regions that don’t usually see snow are witnessing a few super-rare flurries:
A second icy blast will batter the southeast on Tuesday and Wednesday. With a third predicted to move through Friday. Both will give way to widespread frosts and potentially more record breaking lows.
The cold will shift north over the next few days and cover almost the entire continent until June 06.
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift