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Australian floods turn fatal as Sydney shivers through crippling cold snap

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Snow falls at a farm in Sunny Corner, New South Wales, Australia June 10, 2021 in this picture obtained from a social media video. SUNNY CORNER FARM SANCTUARY/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters)

Australians across the east of the country awoke to wild and frosty winter conditions on Thursday (June 10), with flash flooding causing at least one fatality while large snow dumps fell across neighbouring New South Wales.

Cold air from the Antarctic dropped temperatures in Sydney, the country’s most most populous city, to just 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit), a 37-year record.

“I’m quite sure all of us want to get out and build a snowman,” Kevin Beatty, the mayor of Cabonne Shire, one of the inland towns to receive a snow dump, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

People share an umbrella while walking along the waterfront near the Sydney Opera House as eastern Australia experiences a winter cold front, in Sydney, Australia, June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

A subsequent low pressure weather system brought flooding in some areas, leading to at least one fatality in Victoria state.

Authorities urged 26,000 residents in the town of Traralgon, some 161.9 KM (100.6 miles) west of Melbourne to evacuate.

Alpacas look on as snow falls in Blackheath, New South Wales, Australia, June 10, 2021, in this photo obtained from social media. @NOIRPAIEN/via REUTERS

Police later reported they had found the body of a man in a vehicle submerged in flood waters.

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