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World|environment|June 4, 2019 / 03:25 PM
Australia sees 'rare' snowfall in subtropical Queensland

AKIPRESS.COM - Icy conditions have swept across eastern Australia, bringing snow to areas as far north as subtropical Queensland, BBC reports.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology described it as a "rare" sight, noting the state had not experienced significant snowfall since 2015.

Severe weather warnings have also been issued for a 1,000km (620 miles) stretch of coast which includes Sydney.

People have been urged to stay indoors amid heavy rain and gale-force winds.

Meteorologist Lachlan Stone said the snowfall in Queensland, driven by colder air from the south, was an unusual occurrence in a state with a sub-tropical to tropical climate.

"But in the south of the state, particularly near the New South Wales border, it's quite mountainous and in the elevated areas it can get quite cold," he told the BBC.

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