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Hail and ice an 'unusual' summer surprise for Tasmanians in January

Hail and ice an 'unusual' summer surprise for Tasmanians in January

Fresh from a top temperature of 35 degrees Celsius just six days ago, hail fell in parts of southern Tasmania on Saturday and people retrieved their winter clothes as Hobart dropped to about 14C.

"We had a series of thunderstorms move through the eastern half of Tasmania, and there's still some in the north-east at the moment … and did produce some hail at various locations and that's what was seen at Orford."

Ms Tabor said Tasmania would see a ridge of high pressure moving over the state on Sunday, and "benign conditions compared to [Saturday]".

"Just some very light showers about the south and the east coast and mostly clear for the afternoon and then we'll see some showers coming into the west late tomorrow night.

The BOM warned reduced visibility in rain, possibly heavy in thunderstorms, would make road conditions dangerous in parts of the central north, north-east and east coast forecast districts.

Source: www.abc.net.au
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