La Niña: shock statement from the Bureau of Meteorology

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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has issued a shock statement on the La Niña weather event after months of cold and wet weather.

The office declared La Niña over, contradicting the US forecast.

The prediction puts Australia on high alert, which means there is a roughly 50% change from La Niña that re-forms later this year.

“That’s about double the normal probability,” BOM said.

However, data from the United States suggests that the weather pattern is expected to continue through the end of August, with a 55-60% chance of persisting through spring.

It comes as another cold front smashes through southeastern Australia, ensuring locals shiver on the shortest day of the year.

The winter solstice brought cool conditions, rain and cloud cover for Victoria, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT on Tuesday.

It started overnight and is expected to mainly affect parts of eastern Victoria and south-eastern New South Wales throughout the day, with Sky News meteorologist Robe Sharpe saying it means that snow falls in the alpine areas of these two states.

“With this (cold front) we saw a good amount of snow, especially for Victorian resorts. NSW has rained so far but it has just started snowing for Perisher and Thredbo,” he said on Tuesday morning.

Snow is expected to fall above 1300m in both states throughout the day.

Showers are expected to reach Sydney and Wollongong by Tuesday afternoon before more rain begins in southern South Australia and south-west Victoria.

Although the cold front is not as severe as the extremes experienced in recent weeks, it has still dropped the dial for Australians in affected areas.

Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Canberra all had low temperatures below 10C, while Adelaide saw a low of 11C this morning.

The Bureau of Meteorology said conditions were expected to ease in New South Wales by Wednesday, but clouds and showers were expected to continue elsewhere in the southeast.

Two more cold fronts are expected to move through this region of the country later this week.

The next front will leave from Tasmania on Thursday evening before crossing south-eastern mainland Australia on Friday.

The third front will follow a similar course on Saturday from Tasmania to the mainland, but it is expected that there will be more cold air attached to it.

This means snow is expected to fall at lower levels, especially in Tasmania.

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