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Cold front sweeps across country as Winter Solstice arrives



Australia's south-east is shivering through another cold front on the day of the winter solstice.

It's the shortest day of the year and showers are forecast for multiple states as a cold front sweeps through. Alpine regions can expect more snow.

"Conditions (will) ease quickly for NSW by Wednesday, but cloud and showers hang around elsewhere," the Bureau said of the temporary wet weather.

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The heaviest rain is expected in Victoria's eastern ranges with up to 25mm forecast by the end of today.

Sydney was treated to a spectacular sunrise likely caused by the afterglow from Tonga's volcanic eruption in January.

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospherics (Niwa) last week confirmed vibrant sunrises and sunsets in Australia and NZ are being caused by "a high concentration of sulphuric acid & sea salt aerosols in the stratosphere".

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Multiple cities woke to lows in the singe digits this morning.

Minimum temperatures of 2C and 9C were recorded in Canberra, Hobart and Sydney.

Adelaide woke to 10C, as did residents in the Sunshine Coast. Melbourne recorded a low of 11C.

Let's take a look to see what the weather is doing across the nation today.

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It will be a sunny day in Brisbane, with a high of 23C. It comes after a low of 11C this morning.


A "shower or two" is developing in Sydney and a maximum temperature of 20C is forecast today.


The mercury will reach 15C in Melbourne today. A possible shower is forecast for later this morning.


Rain is also developing in Canberra with showers likely from late morning, into the afternoon. The mercury will reach 12C there.


A top temperature of 14C is forecast in Hobart. It will be cloudy with a slight chance of a shower.


Showers are increasing in Adelaide, with 1 to 3 mm of rain forecast alongside a maximum of 16C.


It will be mostly sunny in Darwin with a top temperature of 33C.


A morning shower is possible for Western Australia's capital. The mercury will reach 22C.

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