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Tasmania receives hail and icy roads during summer

  • Southern parts of Tasmania were lashed with wild weather on Saturday
  • Tasmanians endured torrential rain, lightning strikes and hailstorms
  • Roads were blanketed with ice, creating dangerous conditions for motorists
  • The Bureau Of Meteorology labelled the weather event as ‘very unusual’ 

Tasmanians have braved torrential rain, lightning strikes and hailstorms during a ‘very unusual’ weather event in the middle of summer.

Southern parts of the state were lashed with wild weather on Saturday that saw roads blanketed with ice and the sky illuminated with lightning.

The phenomenon – which saw Tasmanians dig out winter clothes from their cupboards – was described as ‘very unusual’ by the Bureau Of Meteorology (BOM).   

Southern parts of Tasmania were lashed with wild weather on Saturday that saw roads blanketed with ice and the sky illuminated with lightning

The phenomenon - which saw Tasmanians dig out winter clothes from their cupboards - was described as 'very unusual' by the Bureau Of Meteorology

The phenomenon – which saw Tasmanians dig out winter clothes from their cupboards – was described as ‘very unusual’ by the Bureau Of Meteorology

A series of thunderstorms moved through the eastern half of the state and produced hail in areas such as Orford, on Tasmania's south-east coast

A series of thunderstorms moved through the eastern half of the state and produced hail in areas such as Orford, on Tasmania’s south-east coast

‘I don’t think we’d see that very often, but as you know, it has snowed on Christmas Day before in some places, and it’s also been 37 and 38 degrees a few years ago, so we vary quite a lot here,’ BOM’s Debbie Tabor told the ABC.

A series of thunderstorms moved through the eastern half of the state and produced hail in areas such as Orford, on Tasmania’s south-east coast.  

Meanwhile, the highest peaks of Tasmania were even covered in snow, Ms Tabor said. 

The weather led to the BOM issuing a warning for motorists as heavy rain reduced visibility and ice made the roads dangerous

The weather led to the BOM issuing a warning for motorists as heavy rain reduced visibility and ice made the roads dangerous

The state's capital Hobart only reached a top of 15.8 degrees, while most of the south-east received strong winds and more than 10 millimeters of rain

The state’s capital Hobart only reached a top of 15.8 degrees, while most of the south-east received strong winds and more than 10 millimeters of rain

Hailstones lashed southern parts of Tasmania on Saturday

Hailstones lashed southern parts of Tasmania on Saturday

The state’s capital Hobart only reached a top of 15.8 degrees, while most of the south-east received strong winds and more than 10 millimeters of rain. 

The weather led to the BOM issuing a warning for motorists as heavy rain reduced visibility and ice made the roads dangerous.  

‘It was some pretty good thunderstorms, they were pretty close to severe storms,’ Ms Tabor told the publication.  

Only six days ago, parts of the state were under a bushfire threat, while Hobart sweltered through 36 degree weather.



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