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Winter has come: ACT shivers through polar blast

Ian Bushnell 29 May 2019 69

A winter wonderland in Namadji National Park. Photos: ACT Parks and Conservation.

The ACT is in the grip of a cold snap that has brought snow to higher areas, and given the Territory its coldest May day since 2000 on Monday when the mercury could only reach 9.1 degrees Celcius.

The polar blast is set to continue all week with a succession of cold fronts. The Weather Bureau is warning of damaging winds averaging 60 km/h with peak gusts of 90 km/h about the Southern Tablelands, Southern Highlands (Illawarra) and parts of the Snowy Mountains district.

The winds will be even stronger in the Alpine areas, averaging 80 to 90 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 125 km/h, with blizzard conditions. That’s great for the Snowy Mountains resorts, gearing up for the start of the ski season next month.

ACT Parks and Conservation posted these very cool pictures of the snow in our neck of the woods on its Facebook page.

“Game of Thrones is finished but winter is only just beginning in the bush capital! Keep an eye out for white walkers if you’re out in the Namadgi highlands and be aware Mt Franklin Road is closed at Bendora Arboretum gate. Please take care and drive to the conditions,” it says.

Today it only reached 9.5 degrees in the capital and relief will not arrive until Friday. Showers, and more snow up high, will continue on Wednesday with a top of 10, while the Thursday will have more sun but only reach 12.

Friday is expected to be 16 but it will be a frosty start at -3.


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69 Responses to Winter has come: ACT shivers through polar blast
Louise Nielsen Louise Nielsen 3:14 pm 01 Jun 19

Rebecca Dawson Katy Matteo we are not visiting in winter 😊

maxblues maxblues 12:49 pm 31 May 19

Can the ACT govt make money out of 90km/h wind gusts in 60km/h zones?

Monika Minko Monika Minko 6:04 am 31 May 19

Zosia Francka didn’t you ask how cold it is in Canberra?

    Zosia Francka Zosia Francka 11:53 am 31 May 19

    Monika Minko that’s how i like it Joel Kelett

Elizabeth Ashlea Elizabeth Ashlea 10:42 pm 30 May 19

Mariela Serafimoska best day to come..

Capital Retro Capital Retro 8:44 am 30 May 19

As very few read the Canberra Times these days many would be unaware of their headline yesterday referring to an “Arctic Blast” driving the cold snap. As one letter to the editor stated this morning “this would be real proof of climate change”.

At least RiotACT has had two bob each way by using “polar” (blast) which can be either Arctic or Antarctic.

Lexi Elizabeth Lexi Elizabeth 1:35 am 30 May 19

Jeremy Theuma welcome to hell

Carlye Mills Carlye Mills 1:11 am 30 May 19

Sorry people - staying in Cairns

Christine Harrison Christine Harrison 1:05 am 30 May 19

Looks like a Cumbrian winter ❄️☃️❄️☃️

Shannon Blakey Shannon Blakey 10:46 pm 29 May 19

Brrrrrr! Freezing weather!

Wayne Perry Wayne Perry 3:48 pm 29 May 19

Melissa Perry are you building snow men in your front yard yet

Samuel Nicholls Samuel Nicholls 11:22 am 29 May 19

I love this weather and coming from Queensland for 22 years you can't get any cooler when it's hot and muggy. You can layer up to be warm and feel comfortable.

Snow season looks like a good one starting from this week

Capital Retro Capital Retro 11:06 am 29 May 19

I expect Minister Rattenbury will now declare the “Climate Emergency” now over?

Lesley Bullen Lesley Bullen 10:21 am 29 May 19

Wow.....now that’s cold!

Carol Perron Carol Perron 9:04 am 29 May 19

Yvonne Perron brrrrrr,! Xoxoxo

    Yvonne Perron Yvonne Perron 9:43 am 29 May 19

    Oh my goodness, that's cold

    Lisa Norville Lisa Norville 9:09 am 31 May 19

    I was thinking I might make a long overdue visit after long weekend but now know I couldn't brave that kinda cold! xx

    Carol Perron Carol Perron 5:58 pm 31 May 19

    Lisa Norville it is okay if the sun in shining but a bit much when it is gray and cloudy.

Hilary McClure Hilary McClure 8:33 am 29 May 19

Barry Hooper I know...you’re definitely not jealous......but, you can stop complaining of the cool NQ weather now. 😂😂

    Dale Elizabeth Matcham Dale Elizabeth Matcham 9:05 am 29 May 19

    Its been cool though Hils on the Sunny Coast 😂😘 keep warm girl xx

    Barry Hooper Barry Hooper 9:52 am 29 May 19

    Who’s complaining ? ☀️😎🥂👍

Sancha Perfrement Sancha Perfrement 8:05 am 29 May 19

Marc Smith coldest May in 19 years...

Mel Alderton Mel Alderton 7:31 am 29 May 19

Bit cold Emma 🥶

    Emma Alderton Emma Alderton 8:48 am 29 May 19

    Mel Alderton it is bloody miserable here

    Mel Alderton Mel Alderton 8:49 am 29 May 19

    Just as well you're coming up here this weekend - it's a balmy 9.8 degs today!

maxblues maxblues 2:16 am 29 May 19

Bring back Global Warming!

Jenny Cool Jenny Cool 12:18 am 29 May 19

Kaycee Cool...seriously not looking forward to returning to this weather 🥶 😮 😔

Kate Spencer Kate Spencer 11:38 pm 28 May 19

Alex Kevin Christine Not happy Jan.

    Kate Spencer Kate Spencer 6:25 pm 29 May 19

    Kevin Spencer this me in the mirror each morning

    Kevin Spencer Kevin Spencer 9:03 pm 29 May 19

    Kate Spencer you've beaten Kelly tonight.

    Still cold everywhere though.

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