Torrential rains across eastern Australia have left some towns flooded while the southern state of Tasmania has been hit by an unusual flurry of summer snow.

The Associated Press
December 27, 2010

SYDNEY — Torrential rains across eastern Australia have left some towns flooded while the southern state of Tasmania has been hit by an unusual flurry of summer snow.

In Queensland, the state bureau of meteorology says up to 11 inches (27 centimeters) of rain fell in a 24-hour period in some areas, flooding roads and stranding holiday travelers Monday.

In New South Wales, the State Emergency Service says a dozen people were evacuated from flooded homes and businesses in the town of Eugowra, about 190 miles (300 kilometers) west of Sydney.

And while it's summer in the southern hemisphere, an unusual cold snap in Tasmania resulted in snow flurries in the mountains.

Summer snow in the south, flooded towns in the east: Weird weather hits Australia


Tourists brave the unseasonal summer snow on Mount Wellington, Hobart, 27 December 2010. ABC News: Peter Curtis

ABC News
Updated Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:14pm AEDT

Hobart residents woke this morning to snow on Mount Wellington.

A strong cold front which passed over the city in Tasmania's south last night left the light covering of snow.

The temperature on the mountain is sitting at -3 degrees Celsius this morning.

The bureau's Tim Bolden says there should be enough snow to play in for the rest of the day.

"It looks from looking out the window like people could go up and have a play in the snow," he said.

"Something a little more traditional for the Northern Hemisphere than for here but, yes, building a snowman the day after Boxing Day I think would be an interesting way to spend the day.

"There's still some more showers expected today and they will be falling as snow about the mountain.

"But other than that the day will actually be mostly sunny and it's just a case of each cloud really has the potential to bring a shower, that snow line will gradually lift during the course of the day."

Hobart mountain sprinkled with summer snow

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