Extreme weather hits whole nation
THE weekend’s wild weather has seen snow in Victoria, hail in Tasmania and a Gold Coast woman fighting for her life after suffering a cardiac arrest from severe heat stress.
The Queensland Ambulance Service said the 45-year-old woman, who works at NightQuarter markets, collapsed about 5.30pm on Saturday.
She is believed to have been working in a shed, in hot conditions.
The mercury soared to close to 40 degrees in some Gold Coast suburbs on Saturday and yesterday.
In Brisbane the mercury soared to 38 degrees – eight degrees above average in January – before a south-easterly change brought cooler temperatures in the late afternoon.
In Victoria snow fell at Mt Hotham as the state shivered through a wintry weekend. Temperatures dipped below zero in Alpine areas yesterday morning.
In Tasmania hail blanketed the small town of Otford on the east coast after an unseasonable downpour on Saturday.
Perth is set to be drenched by the tail-end of ex-Tropical Cyclone Joyce with as much as 80mm of rain forecast.
HAIL: A golfer in Bicheno, Tasmania