Tasmania feeling the brunt of cold fronts

Jacobus Cronje, 27 July 2019

The southernmost state will be pummeled by a series of cold fronts during the next few days, resulting in rainfall and highland snow each day between Saturday and Monday.

On Saturday morning, parts of the interior and southeastern parts of the state had their coldest July morning in two years, ahead of a cold front that has just started to cross the state.

Butlers Gorge, Tunnack, Bushy Park and Maydena in the Central Plateau district were all below freezing, while Orford, Dover and Hobart in the east and southeast were all near zero degrees. All these locations had their coldest July morning in two years.

Clear skies, together with a lingering cold airmass in the wake of a recent front that crossed the state on Friday brought about this very cold morning.

The second cold front to hit the state in as many days is generally missing mainland Australia, resulting in only briefly strengthening winds and a few patchy showers over southern Victoria.

Over Tasmania, it is likely to bring widespread rainfall to the western and central parts of the state on Saturday, potentially resulting in 5-10mm over Western, and 2-5mm over North West Coast, Central Plateau and Upper Derwent by early morning Sunday.

Skies are expected to clear enough over the central and eastern parts of the state for another cold morning early on Sunday, but increased cloud cover should make for slightly warmer conditions than experienced this morning.

Similar falls are expected over these districts each day on Sunday and Monday as onshore winds persist ahead of yet another cold front, expected to arrive late on Sunday or early Monday.

Snowfalls are also possible between Saturday and Monday, with a few centimetres over the highlands expected each day.