A cold front sweeps across the country as the winter solstice arrives

Southeastern Australia is shaking through another cold front on the day of the winter solstice.

It’s the shortest day of the year and showers are expected in several states as a cold front passes. Alpine regions can expect more snow.

“Conditions (will ease) rapidly for NSW by Wednesday, but clouds and showers will linger elsewhere,” the Bureau said of the temporary wet weather.

The heaviest rain is expected in the Eastern Victoria Ranges with up to 25mm forecast by the end of today.

Sydney was treated to a spectacular sunrise probably caused by the afterglow of the Tonga volcanic eruption in January.

New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric (Niwa) confirmed last week that the vibrant sunrises and sunsets in Australia and New Zealand are caused by “a high concentration of aerosols of ‘sulfuric acid and sea salt in the stratosphere’.

Dawn over the harbor at the winter solstice as the afterglow caused by a volcanic eruption in Tonga continues on June 21, 2022.
Dawn over the harbor at the winter solstice as the afterglow caused by a volcanic eruption in Tonga continues on June 21, 2022. (Brook Mitchell)

Several cities woke up to single-digit lows this morning.

Minimum temperatures of 2C and 9C were recorded in Canberra, Hobart and Sydney.

Adelaide woke up to 10°C, as did residents of the Sunshine Coast. Melbourne recorded a low of 11C.

Let’s take a look to see what he’s up to today across the country.

Dawn over the harbor at the winter solstice as the afterglow caused by a volcanic eruption in Tonga continues on June 21, 2022.

The spectacular sunrise caused by the Tonga eruption

It will be a sunny day in Brisbane, with a high of 23C. It comes after a low of 11C this morning.

A “shower or two” is developing in Sydney and a maximum temperature of 20C is forecast today.

The mercury will hit 15C in Melbourne today. A possible downpour is expected later this morning.

Rain is also developing in Canberra with showers likely from late morning into the afternoon. The mercury will reach 12C there.

A maximum temperature of 14C is expected in Hobart. The weather will be cloudy with a slight chance of showers.

Showers are increasing in Adelaide, with 1-3mm of rain forecast accompanied by a high of 16C.

It will be mainly sunny in Darwin with a maximum temperature of 33°C.

A morning shower is possible for the capital of Western Australia. The mercury will reach 22C.

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