While the folk in the northern hemisphere enjoy what is (mostly) some decent summer, our friends down under are being hit with pretty dire weather.
It was reported yesterday, (June 19), Melbourne was the coldest city on the planet. However, not to be outdone, Sydney might have just won most visually stunning.
Last night, the weather in Sydney was far from enviable. Huge downpours, severe cold weather and torrential rain made things look rather bleak for those more used to hot golden beaches and constant sunshine.
— Sanjeev Sharma (@sanjeev121922) June 19, 2018
However, just before the heavens opened up and dumped rain over absolutely everything, the sky turned an incredible shade of pink.
Check it out in the images below:
Purple Rain tonight! ??☔️ As it looked, the sky was purple and pink just as the torrential rain poured down & lightning struck! I’ve heard that further North there was hail. Hope everyone’s ok. (The last time I saw a sky like this was on 21 April 2016, the same day #RIPPrince)… . Despite everything No one can dictate Who you are To other people. — Prince ? ?
Of course, the moment couldn’t pass without many ‘no filter’ snaps being shared:
Unfortunately, the sci-fi sky didn’t last long.
Just moments later, the rain and storms hit hard. But every cloud, right?
It’s not often you think of Australia as a cold and stormy place, let alone have a city known for being the coldest in the world.
But that’s what Melbourne was yesterday when the city was hit with a recent cold snap, plunging some places to -4C.
While minus 4 doesn’t sound that cold, it’s quite the difference as, over on the other hemisphere, we’re enjoying some summertime weather and football matches are being played in temperatures up to 30C.
The cold front hit Victoria overnight, and biting winds caused temperatures to feel more like minus nine overnight.
Rose Barr, a meteorologist from the Bureau of Meteorology said, according to the Daily Mail:
There were pretty chilly temperatures over the southern ranges and other elevated peaks. It was more rainy along the coast … the current forecast for the Sydney region is between 9 and 25mml [of rain].
We could see more isolated locations with heavier showers along the coast will see a little more rainfall, more than Richmond or Penrith.
It’s also been predicted how Australia could be in for its coldest winter ever this year, with temperatures and snowfall reaching shocking levels compared to previous years, according to an amateur weather forecaster.
David Taylor, who runs the East Coast Weather Facebook page, has correctly predicted major weather events in the past and said the icy conditions would impact huge areas of the country.
Taylor told the Cairns Post:
It’s looking pretty scary. One of the outlooks is for it to cross the coast then swing southeast and cross south of Bundaberg.
We’ve already seen what America’s winter was like and Scotland just got hammered.
It will be slightly cooler than normal in the north but the real cold will be in the southern states and southeast Queensland in places like Warwick and Stanthorpe.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there is snow in places where it hasn’t snowed for a long time.
While it might be cold and wet, it’s almost worth it for those insta shots!
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.