The snowfall is the first since 2015 in normally subtropical Queensland. The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe weather warning for much of the New South Wales (NSW) coast, and winds of 80mph were recorded at Ulladulla, which is the strongest in a decade. Meteorologist Lachlan Stone said the snowfall in Queensland was highly unusual in a state with a sub-tropical to tropical climate. He said: ”But in the south of the state, particularly near the New South Wales border, it’s quite mountainous and in the elevated areas it can get quite cold.”
Authorities said that snow had fallen near the town of Stanthorpe, 220km south-west of Brisbane.
This comes as the Autumn of 2019 was Australia’s third warmest in 110 years of records.
The weather has caused chaos across eastern states in Australia, delaying flights at Brisbane Airport due to the arctic conditions.
It is the first time that animals in New England have seen snow, sanctuary owner at New England Camel Co, Naomi Hooper said: “Some of the camels hadn’t seen it and some of the younger animals hadn’t seen it … they just couldn’t decide where to put their feet, they thought it was really strange.”
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned drivers in Sydney to take care as the cold weather hits the city.
Snow has fallen in the Blue Mountains and locals have been advised to exercise extreme caution on icy roads.
The snow has caused havoc on the railways of Queensland and commuters have been told to leave extra time for their journeys.
A recent poll by the Lowy Institute found that Australians are more concerned about climate change than at any point in the past decade.