A foot of snow hits parts of Australia as the country endures its lowest temperatures for 40 years as its winter begins
- Parts of New South Wales, in Australia, have been buried under a foot (30cm) of snow on their first day of winter
- Temperatures plunged to minus nine degrees Celsius in some areas while Melbourne had its coldest day in 40 years
- Freezing conditions welcomed by skiers who are expected to flock to resorts to take advantage of early snowfall
Australia is experiencing the coldest start to winter in forty years after parts of the country were buried under a foot of snow.
Temperatures plunged as low as minus nine degrees Celsius as the alpine resorts of Perisher and Thredbo in New South Wales disappeared underneath a blanket of snow on Monday evening.
Average winter temperatures across New South Wales are typically between 14 and 16 degrees Celsius.
It got as cold as 6.1 degrees Celsius in the City of Sydney, making it the chilliest morning the region has seen since 1987. Falls Creek in Victoria also received 20cm of snow overnight and Mount Buller recorded8cm, while Melbourne got off to its coldest morning in almost 40 years.
Freezing temperatures on the first day of winter has ensured the Snowy Mountains will live up to its name ahead of the ski season opening this weekend with 30cm of snow falling at Perisher Valley
The NSW alpine resorts of Perisher (pictured) and Thredbo turned white overnight as 30cm of snow blanketed the mountains with lows of minus nine degrees
It was minus seven degrees at Perisher on Monday morning and low temperatures are expected to continue throughout the rest of the week
Perisher’s the Village Eight Express will be open for skiing and boarding on Friday, while Friday Flat will be open at Thredbo
Most of the homes in the typically temperate country do not have insulation and so are not equipped to keep the warmth in and cold out during icy spells, accordant to Claire Cunliffe, Marketing Manager at Knauf Insulation Australia and New Zealand.
Low temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week, with snow predicted to fall in both Thredbo and Perisher from Wednesday to Friday
Perisher blasted its snow machines to take advantage of the early season snowfall with hundreds expected to flock to the Snowy Mountains for the June long weekend
Perisher’s the Village Eight Express will be open early for skiing and boarding on Friday thanks to the optimal weather conditions
Saturday will see the Perisher Express Quad charlift open to mid-station, as well as several skier conveyors on Front Valley
The situation is so extreme that one in ten Australians have had to move their families into a warmer part of the house to sleep – even into one room – to beat the chill during frosty nights, a new survey by Thinkinsulation revealed.
It was minus seven degrees at ski resort Perisher on Monday morning, while Thredbo recorded temperatures of minus eight, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
Low temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week, with snow predicted to fall in both areas from Wednesday to Friday.
But the cold snap is good news for the country’s skiers who are expected to flock to the Snowy Mountains to take advantage of the early snowfall.
Both Perisher and Thredbo revealed they will now open on Friday given the forecast conditions for the rest of the week
Perisher announced it will now open on Friday given the forecast conditions for the rest of the week
Local skiers took advantage of the massive dump and hit the runs ahead of the season opening