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Coming November winter blast is classic Tasmania, BOM says

Thursday November 11, 2021 - 00:16 AEDT
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At least this little guy is dressed for it. - ABC

Nobody can say Tasmanians cannot hack cold weather. 


For those new to the island, or visiting during the depths of winter, it can be a jolting sight to see a Taswegian local prancing about in shorts and a T-shirt, seemingly oblivious to the onlookers gawking from the safety of their triple-layered puffer jackets.


But 11 days into November and even island dwellers toughened by winds blowing straight off the Antarctic might be excused for asking "where has the sun gone?"


October 21, also known as Royal Hobart Show Day, is regarded as a signpost for gardeners schooled in the ancient wisdom to hold off until then to plant tomatoes and not a day sooner. 


This year's Show Day reached 24 degrees Celsius in Hobart ? but three weeks on and any Tasmanians who planted tomatoes above 300 metres sea level could be in for a rude shock.


Deb Tabor from the Bureau of Meteorology said islanders were in for "pretty chilly conditions and certainly not the average conditions for spring" over the next few days.


"We're certainly getting some snow around on Sunday night to around 500 metres.


"I'm eager to see what the next numerical models bring in for Sunday night and Monday because they are suggesting it may even go to around 300 or 400 metres". 


Tasmania had a long history of keeping people guessing as to what to wear and not just in November, she said.


"In 1897 in November it was 38 degrees one day in Hobart, 17 degrees the next day. In 2015 it was 36 degrees one day in November in Hobart, 15 degrees the next."


Weather records dating back to 1861 show Hobart's higher elevations have enjoyed snowfalls 25 times since then.


People in Tasmania's western, central and southern areas should prepare for a "cold westerly blast come in during Sunday", Ms Tabor said.


"Then it will shift south westerly overnight and continue into Monday."


The cooler November weather follows a waterlogged October.


"October rainfall across Tasmania has been just over 70 per cent the average, making it the 10th wettest October on record," Ms Tabor said.


If it is any consolation, Tasmania's temperatures are expected to be above average over summer period, she added.


 







- ABC

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