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So much for a scorching summer! Total whiteout at Perisher and Mount Hotham as closed ski fields across Australia are blanketed in snow A cold blast of wintry conditions has hammered parts of Australia on Monday with heavy snow falling in parts Perisher resort in New South Wales and the Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria were blanketed in snow Summer officially started this week but temperatures dropped to 14C in Melbourne and 21C in Sydney

By Kelsey Wilkie For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:36 GMT, 2 December 2019 | Updated: 02:16 GMT, 2 December 2019

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A cold blast of wintry conditions has hammered parts of Australia, while other areas brace for soaring temperatures. 

Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales and the Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria were blanketed in snow on Monday morning  - a day after summer officially begun. 

About 15-30 centimetres of snow is expected to fall over the next few days in Perisher, which significantly high for this time of year, meteorologist Brett Dutchkey told Daily Mail Australia.

'It's not unusual to have snow fall any month of the year in the areas, in recent years snow has been falling on Christmas day, however, what is unusual is the amount of it.' 

About 15-30 centimetres of snow is expected to fall over the next few days in Perisher resort in New South Wales this week (pictured a live view on Monday)

About 15-30 centimetres of snow is expected to fall over the next few days in Perisher resort in New South Wales this week (pictured a live view on Monday)

The snowfall in perisher (pictured) is significantly high for this time of year, meteorologist Brett Dutchkey told Daily Mail Australia

The snowfall in perisher (pictured) is significantly high for this time of year, meteorologist Brett Dutchkey told Daily Mail Australia

Mr Dutchkey said snow was falling as low as 300metres on the New South Wales Snowy Mountains, and about about 1,100 metres on the Victorian mountains.

The cold blast is expected to last for a few days before temperatures begin to pick up significantly later in the week, he said. 

Temperatures have plunged below average for the main cities as the strong cold front crosses Australia's south east.

Melbourne residents needed to haul out their winter

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