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Snow falls in Western Australia while Melbourne bakes in 30 C heat this late in April for the 1st time in decades

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
April 22, 2019, 7:25:25 AM EDT

Australia experienced its hottest and coldest April day for decades. Melbourne residents haven't felt a day this warm this late in the season in 57 years.

Saturday's high in Melbourne was 30.2 degrees Celsius (86.4 degrees Fahrenheit). This is the fourth time the city temperature has exceeded 30 C (86 F) this late in autumn. That's 9 degrees C (16 degrees Fahreheit) above the April average and 3 C (5 degrees F) above the February average.

Small snowman braves the thaw period

A small snowman in the grass. (Petra Schüller/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Meanwhile, residents in Australia’s Stirling Ranges woke up to a record snowfall for the first time in 49 years.

A frontal system ushered Antarctic air into Western Australia, giving Perth the coldest April day since 1939.

"The snow fell as an unusually cold storm swung into southern Western Australia," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. According to reports, the front caused some wind damage in Perth.

"The chilly air was directed in from Antarctica, holding high temperatures at the Perth Airport to 17.0 C (63 F) on Friday. The last time that the airport recorded a high under 18 C (64 F) in April was April 26, 2006," Pydynowski said.

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Australia's Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Matt Boterhoven told the ABC that snow was an extremely rare occurrence in April.

“It’s exceptional. We’ve only recorded once, in the last 100 years, snow as early as this on top of the Stirling Ranges,” he said. “It’s related to a very strong cold air mass moving over the southwest of the state, so when conditions get below freezing and there’s precipitation, snow can form on top of Stirling Ranges.”

The unseasonable weather has residents snowboarding in their yards and sharing images on social media.

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