Sunday, August 11th 2019, 3:55 pm - Heavy snow blankets parts of Australia
Brace yourselves, Canada. It won't be long before we're reaching for the shovels, but right now it's eastern Australia that is seeing the snowflakes fly.
Very heavy snowfall and intense wind gusts in parts of New South Wales left travellers stuck on the highway after massive pileups and road closures on Saturday.
In addition to the snowfall, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) issued a statement for "Antarctic wind gusts" with a powerful cold front in NSW over the weekend. Some gusts lashed the southeast coast with winds in excess of 100 km/h. According to the BoM, the temperature was 4ºC but felt like -6 in Canberra on Friday evening.
Despite its reputation for heat, snowfall in and of itself isn't unusual in Australia in the winter. Tasmania, which occupies an island off the southeast coast, and other parts of the highlands along the east coast have a regular snow season, which is currently winding to a close as the Southern Hemisphere's spring approaches.
Still, watching from the other side of the world, it gives us a taste of what to expect in just a few short months here at home. Enjoy those last weeks of summer while you can!