It’s SNOWING in Australia just before Christmas as a polar blast strikes – so when will the warm weather return?
- Alpine regions in NSW and Victorian recorded up to 30cm of snow in 24 hours
- Mt Buller resort manager said it has seen more snow in November than in July
- Warm and dry weather is forecast for most of Australia for the rest of the week
- Sydney was picked as the place to be with sunny weather and mid 20C temps
- Santa will visit a snowy Mt Buller this weekend for a white Christmas event
Australia has hopefully seen its last unseasonable snowfall this year, as meteorologists promise a ‘boring’ week of sunshine ahead.
Residents in Australia’s southeastern alpine regions woke up to blankets of white snow with 25 to 30cm recorded in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning at Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Perisher.
Mt Buller resort manager Mark Bennetts said the mountain resort is promising a white weekend for visitors and a special guest.
‘This weekend, we are promising snow for the kids, and there’s a special guest here at Mount Buller,’ he told Today.
Mt Buller copped 30cm of snow in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning (pictured, the resort’s pub)
Mt Buller (above) resort manager Mark Bennett encouraged visitors to come to the mountain this weekend to see the snow and meet Santa
‘We think we will have a visit from Santa this weekend.
‘Regardless of what happens with this snow, we have a sneakily stockpile, so we are guaranteed to have a white visitor.’
Weatherzone meteorologist Anthony Sharwood has promised a ‘spell of nice, boring weather’ with polar and tropical air finally evening out.
‘After weeks of heavy rain, severe storms, unseasonable cold and extremely strong winds, we can happily report a spell of fine, unremarkable weather is on its way for most of eastern Australia,’ he said.
Mr Sharwood said the coming days will be warmer and drier for the southeast, with Melbourne only copping ‘very light showers, if anything at all.’
The Victorian capital is forecast to see cloudy weather for the remainder of the week, with the possibility of showers with very low rainfall totals.
It will finally start to warm from Wednesday maximum temperatures sitting in the 20s through to Sunday.
Perisher saw 25cm of snow in November with some claiming the alpine regions are seeing more snow in late spring than they did in the middle of winter (pictured, a car parked at Perisher)
Mount Hotham saw heavy snowfall overnight (pictured left the resort on Tuesday, pictured right the resort on Wednesday)
Saturday is set to be the hottest day with 27C expected.
Mr Sharwood said things are looking even on better on NSW’s coast with Sydney the picked as the place to be this weekend.
‘Sydney might just be the pick of the capital cities over the next few days, with sunny skies and tops in the mid-twenties,’ he said.
The harbour city has finally warmed up with residents set to be free from Monday’s high-speed wind.
Sydneysiders can expect a maximum temperatures from 25C to 27C from Wednesday to Saturday before the week ends on a high of 31C on Sunday.
Canberra will warm up slightly slower than Sydney with temperatures peaking in the mid 20Cs but plummeting into the single digits overnight until Friday.
Australia’s capital is expected to stay dry until Sunday with a possible light shower forecast.
Sydney was picked as the place to be this weekend with temperatures in the mid 20Cs and sunny weather (pictured, beachgoers at Bondi)
Polar and tropical systems will even out from Wednesday, leaving Aussies with a ‘nice, boring’ end to the week (pictured, Australia’s weather map)
Mr Sharwood said the dry spell would be appreciated by NSW’s west.
‘While moderate to major flooding is still occurring in numerous rivers as floodwaters move downstream, at least the saturated catchments won’t get another soaking in the next few days or so,’ he said.
Brisbane’s high temperatures are set to ease for the rest of this week, with temperatures maxing out at 30C and falling below 20C.
Residents will also have a break from the sunshine with cloudy weather forecast through to Sunday.
It’s good news for school leavers celebrating graduation at the Surfers Paradise Schoolies, where temperatures are expected to stay below 30C for the rest of the week.
Adelaide residents will finally see extreme weather conditions start to ease from Wednesday, with mostly sunny weather expected through to Friday.
A possible shower or two are forecast in the city over the weekend but with very low rainfall totals.
Hot temperatures are set to slightly ease and stay below 30C for Schoolies revellers at Surfers Paradise (above)
Australia’s southeast will finally have a break from the rain with Sydney ‘the pick of the capital cities’ this weekend (pictured, beachgoers at Bondi)
Tasmanians can also expect a reprieve from the wet, with temperatures set to crack 21C on Saturday.
However, Mr Sharwood warned the Northern Territory’s Top End would have to endure more wild conditions.
‘The only city likely to see heavy rain and storms is Darwin, where the wet season has well and truly kicked in,’ he said.
Darwin residents are forecast to suffer through storms for the foreseeable future with temperatures in the mid to low 30Cs
FOUR-DAY FORECAST FOR MAJOR CITIES
Wednesday Mostly sunny. Max 26
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 23
Friday Possible shower. Min 15 Max 23
Saturday Sunny. Min 13 Max 23
Wednesday Possible morning shower. Max 20
Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 10 Max 24
Friday Sunny. Min 15 Max 31
Saturday Shower or two. Min 22 Max 26
Wednesday Possible shower. Max 18
Thursday Cloudy. Min 11 Max 20
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 12 Max 22
Saturday Shower or two. Min 13 Max 27
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Max 18
Thursday Cloudy. Min 12 Max 20
Friday Shower or two. Min 10 Max 18
Saturday Shower or two. Min 8 Max 21
Wednesday Cloudy. Max 19
Thursday Partly cloudy. Min 6 Max 23
Friday Partly cloudy. Min 9 Max 25
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 11 Max 25
Wednesday Sunny. Max 27
Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 15 Max 25
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 15 Max 26
Saturday Partly cloudy. Min 16 Max 25
Wednesday Partly cloudy. Max 30
Thursday Mostly sunny. Min 17 Max 31
Friday Mostly sunny. Min 18 Max 30
Saturday Mostly sunny. Min 19 Max 30
Wednesday Shower or two. Possible storm. Max 33
Thursday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 34
Friday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 33
Saturday Shower or two. Possible storm. Min 26 Max 32
Source: Bureau of Meteorology