Australia’s Big Freeze: Temperatures are dropping below freezing because snow covers some parts of the country – so how’s the weather near you?
- Many Australians shivered on Sunday through the coldest night of the year yet
- Southeast Queensland had two consecutive mornings with freezing temperatures
- Chilly conditions saw snow in parts of Australia and fall in alpine areas
Parts of Australia shudder on their coldest night of the year, as temperatures plummeted below 0C.
It was a cold start to the working week, with most capitals across the country still in single digit temperatures at 8 a.m. on Monday.
Southeast Queensland shuddered with freezing temperatures on a second straight morning after 30 cities in the region registered their coldest temperatures of the year on Sunday.
Residents in the Southern Downs region of the state felt the biggest blow from the winter cold on Monday, where Applethorpe woke up to an icy -2.1C while Warwick recorded -1.1C.
A kangaroo (photo) shivered through the freezing cold in the Wadbiliga National Park near Nimmitabel in the NSW region of Monaro on Saturday.
Many parts of Australia recorded single digit temperatures at 8:00 a.m. Monday, with Canberra shivering from a 0C explosion (shown)
Wellcamp Airport recorded -1.4C at 5.45am, while further north, the mercury in Kingaroy fell to 0.5C.
Brisbane Airport fell to a low of 7 ° C, while the CBD was slightly warmer at 8.1 ° C, two degrees below average.
The city is expected to remain partly cloudy before warming to a high of 22C on Monday.
On Sunday, temperatures bottomed out at -0.1 ° C in Toowoomba, the coldest morning since August 2015.
But it was still the highest minimum temperatures in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
A family enjoying school holidays in Toowoomba in south-east Queensland showed how cold the city got after two mornings of freezing temperatures (pictured on Saturday)
A farmer in Toowoomba, Queensland, shared this photo of frost in the fields on Monday morning (photo)
Forecaster Peter Markworth told Daily Mail Australia that the chilly temperatures are the result of a cool eruption from the south, but it will warm as the week progresses.
It was a wet weekend for the Alpine regions of Australia, with widespread snowfall.
In New South Wales, Thredbo and Perisher saw 15 cm drop on Sunday.
The nearby Wadbilliga National Park was also covered in snow as the native fauna shivered in freezing temperatures.
In Victoria, Mount Buller saw 10 cm of snow fall.
Wadbiliga National Park in southern NSW (Saturday photo) was snow-covered on weekends as the native fauna shivered through chilly conditions.
Elsewhere across the country, sunny Sydney will reach a maximum of 18C, Melbourne will see light showers and a peak of 14C, while Adelaide will be a cloudy 15C.
After waking up to a chilly and foggy 0C, Canberra will be mostly sunny before reaching a 13C peak.
It will be a wet start to the week with rain in Hobart (13C) and Perth (19C), while Darwin will be a sunny 32C.
Holidaymakers saw 15 cm of snow fall in the NSW mountain town of Thredbo on Sunday (photo)
A kangaroo is surrounded by snow on Saturday seen in Wadbiliga Naional Park in NSW (photo) as temperatures drop
FIVE DAYS AGAIN IN YOUR CITY
MONDAY: Max 18. Sunny
TUESDAY: Min 8. Max 18. Possible late shower.
WEDNESDAY: Min 11. Max 18. Partly cloudy
THURSDAY: Min 9. Max 19. Mostly sunny
FRIDAY: Min. 9. Max 19. Partly cloudy
MONDAY: Max 22. Partly cloudy
TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 22. Mostly sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 12. Max 22. Shower or two
THURSDAY: Min 12. Max 22. One or two showers
FRIDAY: Min. 14 Max 22. Shower or two
MONDAY: Max 15. Partly cloudy.
TUESDAY: Min 5. Max 14. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 6. Max 16. Partly cloudy
THURSDAY: Min 6. Max 16. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 8. Max 15: Shower or two
MONDAY: Max 19. Showers or two.
TUESDAY: Min 11. Max 17. A few showers.
WEDNESDAY: Min 10. Max 17. Shower or two cleanings
THURSDAY: Min 7. Max 16. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min. 6 Max. 18. Mostly sunny
MONDAY: Max 14. Light shower or two.
TUESDAY: Min 8. Max 14. One or two showers
WEDNESDAY: Min 4. Max 15. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 7. Max 15. Partly cloudy.
FRIDAY: Min 6. Max. 15. Possible shower
MONDAY: max. 13. Morning mist then mostly sunny.
TUESDAY: Min -1. Max 13. Partly cloudy
WEDNESDAY: Min 1. Max 13. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 1. Max 14. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 1. Max 14. Possible shower
MONDAY: Max 32. Sunny.
TUESDAY: Min 20. Max 32. Sunny.
WEDNESDAY: Min 19. Max 32. Sunny.
THURSDAY: Min 20. Max 32. Sunny
FRIDAY: Mon. 20 Max 33. Sunny
MONDAY: Max 13. Showers develop
TUESDAY: Min 4. Max 10. Partly cloudy.
WEDNESDAY: Min 2. Max 10. Partly cloudy.
THURSDAY: Min 2. Max 13. Partly cloudy
FRIDAY: Min 3. Max 11. Partly cloudy
SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology