Hail and icy showers across Canberra, Illawarra and the south coast of NSW were a world away from the steamy weather of the weekend.
A steamy weekend in Canberra was quickly put on ice this morning thanks to a rapid cool change that dusted the country’s capital into hail.
Two days of sunny skies and above-average temperatures on Monday were replaced by a deep cold on Monday as a cold front moved up from the south, bringing icy showers and local hail.
The Bureau of Meteorology received reports of hail falling over Canberra, Illawarra and the south coast of NSW.
NSW and ACT meteorologist Hugh McDowell said the frigid air mass was paid for over the weekend’s warm weather after driving a cold front into town.
“It’s airy cold air with what we call low freezing, allowing us to have those really wintry conditions, showers, showers with hail in them,” McDowell said.
“There are also a few thunderstorms about”
The temperatures in Canberra dropped to -1 degrees early in the morning and only managed a height of 11.6 degrees after peaking 21 degrees the previous two days. The average daily elevation for Canberra in September is 16.2 degrees.
McDowell said Monday’s cold snaps were pretty typical of the region in early spring.
He tipped a few showers more on Monday, but the forecast was to lighten up over the coming days to the weekend.
Originally released as Canberra covered in hail as cool change blows away this weekend’s heatwave