New Snow in Australia: City Records Coldest Temperatures in 80 Years

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Up to 4 inches of snow has fallen at Mount Hotham in Australia this week. Photo by Chris Hocking.

Melbourne, Australia just recorded the coldest start to winter since 1943, reaching a maximum temperature of just 52ºF on Monday, June 1. That’s the coldest start to the month of June in 80 years!

Most of the continent has had a chilly week with rain forecast for several days and heavy snow in the alpine regions of Australia. 

The beginning of winter in Victoria has brought heavy rain, severe winds, and snow. Photo and caption by The Daily Mail.

Up to 4 inches of snow fell at Mount Hotham with resort photographer Chris Hocking welcoming the first snowfall of winter, according to The Daily Mail

‘We woke up there to a fresh coating of snow and it has intensified as well. It is great scenes for the first day of winter,’ Hocking told the AAP.

The Daily Mail reports that “cool south-westerly winds pushed freezing air through Australia’s east with showers hitting New South Wales and Queensland on Tuesday morning.”

Temperatures in much of Australia plummeted overnight with several states feeling the beginning of winter on Tuesday morning, especially in Queensland. Photo by The Daily Mail.

This frigid start to June has been excellent news for Australian ski resorts eager to open for the Winter season as thick blankets of snow now cover mountain tops.

Sydney’s central business district was hit with heavy rains in early March. Photo by The Daily Mail.

But will Australian ski resorts even open during this current pandemic? We think so…

A recent statement from the Australian Ski Areas Association reveals while facing the largest challenge in its history, they are still hopeful for the upcoming season, whatever form it may take. Resorts in Australia are preparing as normal for the season, but will only proceed with the blessing of the government and health authorities. Snow has begun falling on ski areas, reminding us all that winter is just around the corner.

Ski resorts in Australia generally aim to open for the Queen’s Birthday weekend, falling on June 8 this year. A recent dusting of snow and freezing temperatures has given hope that a bumper snow season is just around the corner, but all of that will be irrelevant if resorts can’t open. And although individual businesses like ski resorts haven’t been banned from opening, social distancing measures and Public Health orders in place will make it nigh on impossible to open ski areas.

Thredbo ski resort. Photo by Thredbo.

Anticipated Opening Dates for Australian Ski Resorts:

THREDBO: JUNE 22ND

PERISHER: TBD

FALLS CREEK: JUNE 22ND

HOTHAM: TBD

MOUNT BULLER: JUNE 22ND

SELWYN SNOW RESORT: NOT IN OPERATION THIS SEASON DUE TO BRUSH FIRES.

LAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT: JUNE 22ND


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