Australian floods turn fatal as Sydney shivers through cold snap

by Reuters
Thursday, 10 June 2021 09:03 GMT

People share an umbrella while walking along the waterfront near the Sydney Opera House as eastern Australia experiences a winter cold front, in Sydney, Australia, June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

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Temperatures in Sydney, the country's most most populous city, drop to just 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit), a 37-year record

SYDNEY, June 10 (Reuters) - Australians across the east of the country awoke to wild and frosty winter conditions on Thursday, with flash flooding causing at least one fatality while large snow dumps fell across neighbouring New South Wales.

Cold air from the Antarctic dropped temperatures in Sydney, the country's most most populous city, to just 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit), a 37-year record.

"I'm quite sure all of us want to get out and build a snowman," Kevin Beatty, the mayor of Cabonne Shire, one of the inland towns to receive a snow dump, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

A subsequent low pressure weather system brought flooding in some areas, leading to at least one fatality in Victoria state.

Authorities urged 26,000 residents in the town of Traralgon, some 161.9 KM (100.6 miles) west of Melbourne to evacuate. Police later reported they had found the body of a man in a vehicle submerged in flood waters. (Reporting by Colin Packham and James Redmayne; editing by Jane Wardell)

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