The BOM is warning of yet another anomalously cold air mass bearing down on the Australian continent. While the blast is set to hit proper on Tues, May 28 and last thru Thurs, June 06, some regions in the southeast are already reporting freezing temperatures and heavy snow.
The mercury is set to tumble as much as 16C below-average across the majority of Australia by next week, as a strong low-pressure system south of Tasmania diverts brutal Antarctic air northwards.
GFS TEMP ANOMALY (C) from MAY 29 to JUNE 06
As mentioned, the cold air has already arrived in the southeast.
On Monday, the BOM issued a severe weather warning for frigid westerly winds in New South Wales, dubbed the “polar jet” by Weatherzone forecaster Andrew Miskelly.
Miskelly said Sydney’s maximum temperature on Monday was 13.2C (55.7F), but with the polar jet blasting in, the “feels like” temp reached just 4.3C (39.7F). And in Canberra they’re also reporting anomalous cold, with daytime highs of 10C (50F) and freezing nighttime lows of -4C (24.8F).
Heavy snow is also accompanying the southeast cold, too — two weeks ahead of schedule.
An official 7.9 inches (20 cm) of powder accumulated at Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains overnight Sunday, with more expected. While an operator in Mount Hotham said they’d received 9.8 inches (25cm) on Sunday, and advised people to fit snow chains to all vehicles.
It also started “dumping SNOW” at Mount Baw Baw, Victoria yesterday:
Even Crackenback is seeing flurries:
Blizzard conditions are forecast for the Aussie Alps over the coming days.
And the low pressure trough is also affecting Tasmania, where upwards of 1 foot (30 cm) is expected.
GFS TOTAL SNOW (CM) — MAY 27 to JUNE 06
Winter 2019 has arrived early Australia, as predicted.
All this snow means the nation’s ski resorts are now expected to have their earliest snow base in 18 years. And according to Sky News Weather, this could be Australia’s best May snow event in more than 40 years:
Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift