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Winter freeze in Australia as bitter cold snap hits east coast

Big Freeze Alert
The UK may be enjoying some balmy temperatures at the moment but parts of Australia are experiencing a cold snap.
 
Temperatures in the Northern Territory dropped as low as -3.7C on Tuesday, the lowest recorded in central Australia in two years.
Maree Hayes took these incredible pictures in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory
Maree Hayes took these incredible pictures in Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory
These incredible pictures of icicles were taken in Alice Springs where residents have been battling sub-zero temperatures.
 
Southern Australia is being gripped by its coldest mornings in seven years while Sydney has been hit by a hail storm and rain.
Maree Hayes took these incredible pictures in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory
Maree Hayes took these incredible pictures in Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory
Low cloud density and a strong wind chill has led to a high-pressure system developing and forcing temperatures to plummet in the eastern half of the country, with snow falling in parts of New South Wales.
 
Winter begins at the start of June in Australia and finishes at the end of August but extreme temperatures and conditions are relatively rare.
Maree Hayes took these incredible pictures in Alice Springs in Australia's Northern Territory
Maree Hayes took these incredible pictures in Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory
Rainfall is generally quite low with averages of 14mm in the Northern Territory, 98mm in New South Wales and 180mm in Victoria.
 
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for parts of the Hunter, Central Coast and Sydney.
Courtesy of Sky News
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Biggest snowfall in Australia on June 2018

Over 700,000 animals have died due to severe cold in Mongolia

Livestock Alert
A total of 710,740 animals have died so far this year in Mongolia due to the extreme wintry weather known as “dzud”, the country’s meteorology service said Wednesday.
 
The dzud is a brutal weather phenomenon in Mongolia where a dry summer followed by a frigid winter kills vast numbers of livestock either by starvation or cold.
 
Snowfall covered up to 50 percent of the country, with 66 administrative subdivisions in 12 provinces experiencing dzud or near dzud conditions, Mongolian National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring said in a statement.
 
Among the provinces, Khovd and Uvs in the west, Khuvsgul in the northwest, as well as Khentii in the east registered the highest rates of animal death.
 
Nearly 40 percent of the country’s nomad population is dependent on animal husbandry and rain-fed agriculture for livelihood.
 
Thousands of herders lose their animals almost every year to the dzud, which forces them to seek new opportunities in the capital city of Ulan Bator. In 2016, more than 1 million animals were killed by the dzud.
Courtesy of xinhuanet.com