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PHOTOS: Australia blasted with bizarre winter weather

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 17, 2015, 1:24 PM - From hot and humid conditions in Ontario this weekend, to a blanket of snow in Queensland, Australia.

A low pressure system ushered in a cold airmass off the New South Wales coast, bringing over 10 cm of snow to parts.

Australia's winter has been described as the coldest July weather in four decades, as temperatures dive to more than 10 degrees below average in areas.

Residents in the "sunshine state" of Queensland were particularly surprised.

The state has not seen this thick of snow since 1984, according to Australia's Bureau of Meteorology. This type of weather is so rare that the bureau lacks the tools to measure the snow.

“We don’t actually measure the depth of snow fall, it’s so rare here in Queensland that really all we have to go on are rain gauges,” forecaster Gorrdon Banks told The Guardian.

Here are some of the best photos that show the wintry blast

Seriously Rigger ... get some clothes on mate #stanthorpe #snow #snowinqld #queensland #australia #winter

A photo posted by James Blundell (@thejblundell) on

Dads are the worst! 😂 #james #jimmy #snowday #snow #winter #benlomond #snowball

A video posted by Mrs Mack (@emack86) on

Source: The GuardianOfficial Bureau of Meteorology 

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